Frases de Peter Singer
Data de nascimento: 6. Julho 1946
Peter Albert David Singer é um filósofo e professor australiano. É professor na Universidade de Princeton, nos Estados Unidos. Atua na área de ética prática, tratando questões de Ética de uma perspectiva utilitarista.
Singer foi professor de filosofia na Universidade de Monash em Melbourne, onde fundou o Centro para Bioética Humana. Em 1996 Singer candidatou-se ao Senado pelo Partido Verde Australiano mas não conseguiu ser eleito. Em 1999 foi nomeado Professor Ira W. DeCamp de Bioética do Centro de Valores Humanos de Princeton e se mudou para os Estados Unidos.
Citações Peter Singer
„É fácil nos posicionar sobre um assunto remoto, mas revelamos nossa verdadeira natureza quando o assunto bate à nossa porta. Protestar contra touradas na Espanha ou o assassinato de foquinhas no Canadá e continuar comendo frangos que passaram a vida toda apinhados em gaiolas, ou carne de vitela de bezerros que foram separados da mãe, de deitar-se com suas pernas estendidas é o mesmo que denunciar o apartheid na África do Sul e ao mesmo tempo pedir a seus vizinhos que não vendam a casa a negros.“
„Arguments for preservation based on the beauty of wilderness are sometimes treated as if they were of little weight because they are "merely aesthetic". That is a mistake. We go to great lengths to preserve the artistic treasures of earlier human civilisations. It is difficult to imagine any economic gain that we would be prepared to accept as adequate compensation for, for instance, the destruction of the paintings in the Louvre. How should we compare the aesthetic value of wilderness with that of the paintings in the Louvre? Here, perhaps, judgment does become inescapably subjective; so I shall report my own experiences. I have looked at the paintings in the Louvre, and in many of the other great galleries of Europe and the United States. I think I have a reasonable sense of appreciation of the fine arts; yet I have not had, in any museum, experiences that have filled my aesthetic senses in the way that they are filled when I walk in a natural setting and pause to survey the view from a rocky peak overlooking a forested valley, or by a stream tumbling over moss-covered boulders set amongst tall tree-ferns, growing in the shade of the forest canopy, I do not think I am alone in this; for many people, wilderness is the source of the greatest feelings of aesthetic appreciation, rising to an almost mystical intensity.“
— Peter Singer, Practical Ethics
„Hebrew word for "charity" tzedakah, simply means "justice" and as this suggests, for Jews, giving to the poor is no optional extra but an essential part of living a just life.“
— Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty
„To give preference to the life of a being simply because that being is a member of our species would put us in the same position as racists who give preference to those who are members of their race.“
— Peter Singer, Practical Ethics
Context: Speciesism is an attitude of prejudice towards beings because they're not members of our species, so just as racism means that you're prejudiced against beings who are not members of your race and sexism means you're prejudiced against people of the other sex. So we humans tend to be speciesist in we think that any being that is a member of the species homo sapien just automatically has a higher moral status and is more important than any being that is a member of any other species, irrespective of the actual characteristics of those beings. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYYNY2oKVWU Peter Singer - The Genius of Darwin: The Uncut Interviews - Richard Dawkins], 2009.