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. He has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 other books, including Practical Ethics (1979); The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live? (1981), Rethinking Life and Death (1994), The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason, 2006) and most recently, The Life You Can Save (2009). His works have appeared in more than 20 languages. He is the author of the major article on Ethics in the current edition of the Encylopaedia Britannica. In 2005 Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2008 readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines voted him one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world.
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