Peter Singer


Peter Singer is the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Animal Liberation, the editor of In Defense of Animals: The Second Wav, and, with Paola Cavalieri, co-editor of The Great Ape Project.

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  • The Death of Aaron Swartz

    January 18, 2013

    Access to the Internet, and the prosecution of Aaron Swartz for the crimes he was alleged to have committed in advancing that cause, are not the only, and perhaps not even the most important, issues raised by Swartz’s death. A third is depression.

  • The Troubled Life of Nim Chimpsky

    August 18, 2011

    Project Nim, a new documentary by James Marsh, tells the sad story of a scientist’s irresponsible treatment of Nim, the chimp he tamed--or more strictly, whose upbringing in a human family he organized--and it raises important issues about the distinction between humans and animals, about our attitudes toward animals, and about scientific objectivity (or the lack thereof) in behavioral research.