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Philosopher Peter Singer's work focuses on "effective altruism" — how to do the most good to make the world a better place. He argues effective giving involves balancing empathy with reason.
About Peter Singer
Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on applied ethics, philosophy, and "effective altruism."
Peter is the co-founder of non-profit, The Life You Can Save, which is devoted to improving the lives of people living in extreme poverty.
He is the author of several books including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, and The Life You Can Save.
GUY RAZ, HOST:
I want to ask you about this really famous Talmudic notion - actually, it might be that in the Quran as well - but this idea that, you know, if you save a single life, then you have saved all of humanity. You know that one?
PETER SINGER: Yes. I think it's Talmudic, but who knows? Maybe it's the Quran as well.
RAZ: And do you think that's just total nonsense?
SINGER: Sadly, yes I do.