On 19 June from 16.00 to 17.30 the Centre for Public Values & Ethics, in collaboration with ISGA, LUC and the FGGA Graduate School, will host prof. Peter Singer as part of the Public Ethics Talks series. We are very proud to welcome prof. Singer to The Hague, as he is without a doubt one of the most well-known and prolific philosophers of our time. You are all hereby warmly invited! Please save the date and we hope to see you there! Having such a renowned philosopher and scholar speak here in The Hague, offers an opportunity that should – in our view – not be missed!
About the talk: Utilitarianism
Peter Singer’s work revolves around Ethics under the utilitarian approach. In this upcoming Public Ethics Talk, he will discuss Utilitarianism, which 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. He will connect this to some of today’s most pressing concerns. 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.
About Peter Singer
Prof. 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 also the founder and board chair of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit organization 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 many books and articles, held numerous positions at research centres and institutions, as well as numerous academic positions in many universities, amongst which Cambridge, and New York University. He has received many distinctions, awards and distinguished lectureships.