2017 Knox Lecture

The 2017 Knox Lecture, ‘Living Ethically in the 21st Century’

Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 5.15pm (with a book signing from 4pm)

Buchanan Lecture Theatre, University of St Andrews

Prof Peter Singer, AC
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics
University Center for Human Values
Princeton University
Laureate Professor,
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies,
University of Melbourne

Prof Peter Singer: http://www.petersinger.info/

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including:

  • ‘Famine, Affluence, and Morality’, Philosophy and Public Affairs 1972 (reprinted in 2016 by Oxford University Press as a short book with a foreword by Bill and Melinda Gates)
  • Animal Liberation (1975)
  • Practical Ethics (1979, 3rd. ed. 2011)
  • The Expanding Circle (1981, new ed 2011)
  • The Ethics of What We Eat (2006) (co-authored with Jim Mason)
  • The Life You Can Save (2009)
  • The Point of View of the Universe (2014) co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek
  • The Most Good You Can Do (2015)
  • Ethics in the Real World (2016)

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Peter Singer is often described as the most influential philosopher alive. Moreover, he is widely credited as being the father of the animal liberation movement as well as of the effective altruism movement (the latter encourages the use of reason and evidence to determine the most effective ways to improve the world).

Update: Singer spoke to an audience of over 300 people, and the lecture raised over £1600 in donations for effective charities.