Past Event

The Life You Can Save: A Conversation with Peter Singer

In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer–named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time–uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.

Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation’s foreign aid is really directed to the world’s poorest people).

Join us as Peter Singer, one of the world’s leading environmental philosophers and public intellectuals and the intellectual godfather of the Animal Liberation movement, speaks about his philosophical views.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 773-834-3929.

More about Peter Singer

Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher who is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne. Singer is best known for his book Animal Liberation, widely regarded as the touchstone of the animal liberation movement. His most recent book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, makes a powerful case for direct individual action to fight global poverty.

This event is co-sponsored by the Civic Knowledge Project at The University of Chicago, International House at The University of Chicago and The Public Square.

For more information, please call 773-834-3929.