Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, a position that he has held since 1999. From 2005 on, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University, and Monash University, and has held several other visiting appointments.
Singer has been recently named the world's third most influential contemporary thinker by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He is one of the world’s leading moral philosophers and a founder of the effective altruism movement, which encourages individuals to donate a portion of their earnings to charities with proven track records of aiding the global poor. He is the author of the seminal 1972 essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” and two recent books that make the case for effective giving, The Life You Can Save (Random House, 2009) and The Most Good You Can Do (Yale, 2015). Additionally, he has written or edited over 40 books on topics ranging from altruism, bioethics, animal liberation, and the environment.
Singer is a Vice President of the UK-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, and a member of the advisory board of GiveWell.
Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He is married, with three daughters and three grandchildren. His recreations, apart from reading and writing, include hiking and surfing.
Learn more about Peter Singer's teachings, current research, and upcoming events, by visiting his Princeton faculty website.
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.