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Is Peter Singer the world’s most influential living philosopher? He’s a godfather of vegetarianism, advocates giving a percentage of your income to charities, and his controversial views on euthanasia and disability are widely debated.
Effective altruism is a new movement in the search for an ethical life that has emerged from his work on some of the world’s most pressing problems. It involves doing the most good possible and requires a rigorously unsentimental view of charitable giving. Singer urges that we spend a substantial proportion of our money and time to the organisations that will do the most good with those resources, rather than those that tug on the heartstrings.
He’ll share his philosophy, and examples of those who are living it.
Peter Singer is a philosopher and author of over 25 books on ethics. He is best known for Animal Liberation, widely credited with starting the animal rights movement.
We love exploring ideas here at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every second Thursday lunchtime, we hand the microphone over to thinkers, dreamers, writers and orators, so they can share the ideas that have been occupying them the most.
It’s a space to tunnel deep into a train of thought and emerge with surprising conclusions, recommendations for change, or simply a more evolved set of questions. The flexible format provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening: stories and opinions you won’t hear elsewhere.
Come for your lunch break and leave refreshed, your brain buzzing.