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Interview: Peter Singer—philosophy should not be morally neutral

The Australian philosopher on "effective altruism," immigration points systems and defining philosophy

By Alex Dean  

Australian philosopher Peter Singer

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“A Swedish composer asked if he could use some words from my articles as lyrics for choral music. I said ‘fine,’ of course, and he went and composed it and it is somewhere online. I think on YouTube you can actually listen to it!”

Such is the influence of Peter Singer—arguably the best-known living philosopher. In an exclusive interview with Prospect the Australian thinker, now 69, mounted a defence of “Effective Altruism”—a movement he is the main proponent of.

Singer is a controversial…

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