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Peter Singer, MA Biography

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values of Princeton University
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“Whatever reasons there may be for preserving at least a part of the traditional distinction between killing and allowing to die–for example, maintaining that it is worse to kill strangers than to fail to give them the food they need to survive–these reasons do not apply when…a person wants to die, and death would come more swiftly and with less suffering if brought about by an act (for example, giving a lethal injection) than by an omission (for example, waiting until the patient develops an infection, and then not giving antibiotics).”

Rethinking Life and Death, 1993

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, 1999-2004, part-time, 2005-Present
  • Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, part-time 2005-Present
  • Included in “The Time 100”, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people, Apr. 18, 2005
  • Member, Oxfam America Leadership Council, 2003-Present
  • Editorial Board, Reason in Practice, 2001-Present
  • Vice-President, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 2001-Present
  • Member, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Advisory Committee to the Program Committee, 2000-Present
  • Editorial Board, Philosophy and Geography, 2000-Present
  • President, Animal Rights International, 1999-Present
  • Co-Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Policy, Monash University, 1992-1995
  • Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, part-time, 1983-1987, full-time, 1987-1991; Deputy Director, 1992-1997
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, Monash University, 1977-1978, 1980-1981
  • Professor, Department of Philosophy, Monash University, 1977-1999
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1975-1976
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, New York University, 1973-1974
  • BPhil, University of Oxford, 1971
  • MA, University of Melbourne, 1969
  • BA, University of Melbourne, 1967
  • Australian Humanist of the Year, Australian Humanist Association, 2004
  • Humanist Laureate, International Academy of Humanism, elected 2004
  • Emperor Has No Clothes Award, Freedom from Religion Foundation, 2004
  • World Technology Network Ethics Award, 2003
  • Shasha Seminar Keynote Lecturer, Wesleyan University, November 2003
  • Lewis B. Frumkes Lecture, New York University, November 2003
  • Amnesty Lecture, Oxford University, February 2001
  • Sprague-Taylor Philosophy Lecture, Brooklyn College, 2001
  • Wesson Lecturer, Stanford University, May 2000
  • Terry Lecturer, Yale University, October/November 2000
  • The Times/Demos Millennium Lecturer, London, May 1995
  • National Book Council of Australia, Banjo Award for Non-fiction, 1995
  • New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Lecturer, Sydney, 1995
  • De Camp Lecturer, Princeton University, 1992
Quoted in:
  1. Is Euthanasia Acceptable for Severely Ill Infants?