Peter Singer

Anti-abortion stance is indefensible

In the Dominican Republic last month, a pregnant teenager with leukaemia had her chemotherapy delayed because doctors feared the treatment could terminate her pregnancy and therefore violate the nation's strict anti-abortion law.

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 2:32am

Human test

The Australian philosopher Peter Singer devised a thought experiment in his classic essay on global justice, titled Famine, Affluence and Morality. Singer asks his reader to imagine that a small child is drowning in a nearby pond. Without assistance, this child will soon die.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Being alpha species carries obligations

Chimpanzees can master rudimentary sign language. Dolphins have an intricate communication system that resembles a fully fledged, if simple, language. Even some birds - which we often misinterpret as dumb (think insulting terms such as 'bird brain') - can learn up to dozens of words.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Strong animal instinct

Few philosophers have had to engage in such filthy work as Peter Singer, regarded as the father of animal liberation.

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am