Singer and His Critics / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This is the first book devoted to the work of Peter Singer, one of the leaders of the practical ethics movement, and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Dale Jamieson is Henry L. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College. He is the editor of Readings in Animal Cognition (1996) and Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy (1994). For nearly twenty years he taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has also held visiting positions at Cornell, Monash University in Australia, and Oxford University. He works primarily in environmental philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of biology and mind.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
1. Singer and the Practical Ethics Movement: Dale Jamieson(Carleton College).
2. Noncognitivism, Validity, and Conditionals: Frank Jackson(Australian National University).
3. The Definition of "Moral": Michael Smith (Australian NationalUniversity).
4. Peter Singer's Expanding Circle: Compassion and theLiberation of Ethics: Robert C. Solomon (University of Texas).
5. Teachers in an Age of Transition: Peter Singer (MonashUniversity) and J. S. Mill: Roger Crisp (St Anne's College).
6. What, if Anything, Renders All Humans Morally Equal? RichardJ. Arneson (University of California at San Diego).
7. Must Utilitarians be Impartial? Lori Gruen (StanfordUniversity).
8. Our Duties to Animals and the Poor: Colin McGinn (RutgersUniversity).
9. Famine Ethics: the Problem of Moral Distance and Singer'sEthical Theory: F. M. Kamm (New York University).
10. Empathy and Animal Ethics: Richard Holton and Rae Langton(University of Sheffield).
11. Why I am Only a Demi-Vegetarian: R. M. Hare (University ofOxford).
12. Respect for Life: Counting What Singer Finds of No Account:Holmes Rolston III (Colorado State University).
13. A Response: Peter Singer (Monash University).
14. Peter Singer: Selected Publications, 1970-1998.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an excellent read for anyone who is familiar with Singer and the important role he has been playing in philosophy and the world. If you finish feeling that Singer has a monopoly on insight into ethical matters, I recommend reading the one and only individual who has ever truly challenged his position and who Singer himself does not address: Ayn Rand. The criticisms addressed in this book seem like straw men in comparison to criticisms that have been indirectly leveled against him in Atlas Shrugged. If you read him in conjunction with Rand you will see that solutions exist to the enormous problems he describes and that they ly within the reach of any fully functioning mind.