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November 3, 2000Volume 29, Number 9

Peter Singer

Philosopher to discuss impact of globalization

Peter Singer, one of the most influential and controversial philosophers of modern times, will discuss the impact of globalization on the economy, ethics and politics in the final two installments of the Dwight Terry Lectures at Yale on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9.

This year's Terry Lectures, on the theme "One World: The Ethics and Politics of Globalization," featured four lectures addressing implications of a "one-world" society. The first two talks, "Ethics for One World" and "One Environment," were presented Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, respectively. The series will continue with "One Economy" on Nov. 8 and "Ethics and Politics" on Nov. 9. All lectures are at 4:30 p.m. in the Law School's Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall St. The series is free and open to the public.

Positing a utilitarian view, Singer is best known for raising debates worldwide concerning animal rights and the ethical dilemmas posed by new medical technologies. He has also made significant contributions to public discourse about international economic justice.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Singer taught at the University of Oxford, New York University and La Trobe University, Australia. In 1977, he was appointed to a chair in philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, and subsequently became the founding director of that university's Centre for Human Bioethics.

Singer was also the founding president of the International Association of Bioethics and, with Helga Kuhse, founding coeditor of the journal Bioethics. He gained international recognition after the publication of his book "Animal Liberation" in 1975. His other books include "Democracy and Disobedience"; "Practical Ethics"; "The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology"; "The Reproduction Revolution" (with Deane Wells); "Should the Baby Live?: The Problem of Handicapped Infants" (with Helga Kuhse); "How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest"; and "Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics." He wrote a major article on ethics in the current edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Singer's works have appeared in 19 languages.

In 1999, Singer became the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Founded in 1990, the center supports teaching and research about ethical and evaluative issues in public and private life.

The Dwight Terry Lectureship was established in 1905 by a gift from Dwight Harrington Terry of Bridgeport, Connecticut, to endow a series of lectures on religion and its application to human welfare in the light of scientific knowledge and philosophical insights. Yale University Press publishes the lectures in book form. Previous Terry lecturers have included John Dewey, Carl Jung, Margaret Mead, Erich Fromm, Paul Tillich and Rebecca West.


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