How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest

How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest

by Peter Singer

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ISBN-13: 9780879759667
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 05/28/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 668,274
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Singer is an Australian moral philosopher. He has written more than twenty-five books, and among his most notable are Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, and The Life You Can Save. Singer is credited as being one of the earliest advocates for animal rights. He currently works as the Ira W. Camp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, a position that deals greatly with the topics of philosophy, science, and sociology.

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How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
heidilove on LibraryThing 7 months ago
insightful, inciteful, and engaging.
Alli91 More than 1 year ago
Peter Singer's How Are We to Live is an interesting mix of a critique on society (granted this is the wealth-obsessed society of the 80's he is talking about) and a mandate on how to find meaning in your life. While he uses past philosophy and a number of documented studies to adequately defend all of his points and arguments, Singer falls into the pitfall of tearing apart all Western society and demanding that members of affluent societies feel guilt for being lucky enough to live a life without want. Singer would do much better to allow his philosophy to do the talking, as he uses the whole book to make a case that even in this existentialist existence we live where the world often seems absurd and we turn to materialism to seek meaning, looking outside of yourself and to the world at large is the way to find meaning. His point is one that, while debateable, certainly has its merits. Singer's attacks on Western civilization only take away from the excellent foundation his argument has. As long as you are willing to keep an open mind and survive some of his long winded chapters, the end result is a very thought provoking book that, while not necessarily enjoyable or a 'beach read' will leave you pondering some questions worth pondering and perhaps taking a bit more of a service-oriented approach to life.