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Global Ethics: A Utilitarian Approach

  • Peter Singer
Tuesday 19 June 2018
StepTalks: science at the Spanish Steps
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Auditorium 2.02

Utilitarianism is the view that we ought to do what will have the best consequences for all affected by our acts, where "best consequences" is understood as meaning the greatest surplus of happiness over suffering. In a world in which there are more than a billion affluent people and approximately 800 million living in extreme poverty, utilitarianism implies: (1) the affluent ought to use a substantial part of their resources to improve the lives of people in extreme poverty; and (2) the affluent ought to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions so as to reduce the risk of causing harm to others.

Peter Singer (Princeton University/ANU)

Peter Singer

Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. He is the founder and board chair of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit organisation that fights extreme poverty.

He became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation (1975).Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012. He has published plenty of books and articles, held numerous positions at research centres and institutions, as well as numerous academic positions in many universities, amongst which Cambridge, New York University. He has received many distinctions, awards and distinguished lectureships. His current research revolves around Ethics under the utilitarian approach.

Public Ethics Talks

The Public Ethics Talks series will present cutting-edge work in ethics, moral philosophy, political theory and the normative theory of law, as applied to the morality of national and international public policy, government and governance matters, and public organizations and management practice.

The talks are open to students, academics, government professionals, civil servants, and interested members of the public.

Organisers: Toon KerkhoffAndrei PoamaLaurens van ApeldoornRuth Prins

Contact: Andrei Poama, a.poama@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Centre for Public Values & Ethics

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