Portrait of Peter Singer

Peter Singer

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.

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946 and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005, he has also held the part-time position of laureate professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Peter Singer first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then, he has written many other books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle, How Are We to Live?, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason) and most recently, The Life You Can Save. He is married, with three daughters and three grandchildren. His recreations, apart from reading and writing, include hiking and surfing.