Peter Singer is a popular Australian moral philosopher. He is renowned for his essay ‘Famine, Affluence, and Morality’ where he talks about helping the underprivileged. He is also known for ‘Animal Liberation,’ a book that he has written in favour of vegetarianism. He is a Laureate Professor at ‘University of Melbourne’ at the ‘Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.’ He was a preference utilitarian for almost his entire career, but he declared that he had become a hedonistic utilitarian in ‘The Point of The View of the Universe.' He applies utilitarian and secular perspective while dealing with ethical issues, and is a specialist of applied ethics. We have rounded some popular quotes and sayings by the activist-philosopher, which have been excerpted from his thoughts, views, writings, essays, books, works and life. Following are the notable quotes and thoughts by Peter Singer, the man who is celebrated for fathering the ‘animal liberation’ movement.
We do not have to make self-sacrifice a necessary element of altruism. We can regard people as altruists because of the kind of interests they have rather than because they are sacrificing their interests.
Reason is inherently expansionist. It seeks universal application.
We think of lions and wolves as savage because they kill; but they must kill, or starve. Humans kill other animals for sport, to satisfy their curiosity, to beautify their bodies, and to please their palates.