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Peter Singer – 27 Quotes

 

27 Quotes by Peter Singer

 

I don’t think nationalism is alone holding the field it’s in contention with a lot of different things.

– Peter Singer


Business ethics has always had problems that are distinct from those of other professions, such as medicine, law, engineering, dentistry, or nursing.

– Peter Singer


Do business managers have a commitment to anything more than the success of their company and to making money? It would be hard to say that they do. Indeed, many business leaders deny that there is any conflict between self-interest and the interests of all.

– Peter Singer


Interest in business ethics courses has surged, and student activities at leading business schools are more focused than ever before on making business serve long-term social values.

– Peter Singer


When fish experience something that would cause other animals physical pain, they behave in ways suggestive of pain, and the change in behaviour may last several hours.

– Peter Singer


Without in any way minimising the economic and psychological blow that people experience when they lose their jobs, the unemployed in affluent countries still have a safety net, in the form of social security payments, and usually free healthcare and free education for their children. They also have sanitation and safe drinking water.

– Peter Singer


What is faith? If you believe something because you have evidence for it, or rational argument, that is not faith. So faith seems to be believing something despite the absence of evidence or rational argument for it.

– Peter Singer


That’s a central part of philosophy, of ethics. What do I owe to strangers? What do I owe to my family? What is it to live a good life? Those are questions which we face as individuals.

– Peter Singer


We need to recognise that what really matters isn’t buying more and more consumer goods, but family, friends, and knowing that we are doing something worthwhile with our lives. Helping to reduce the appalling consequences of world poverty should be part of that reassessment.

– Peter Singer


In most of the world, it is accepted that if animals are to be killed for food, they should be killed without suffering.

– Peter Singer


Bush is morally a universalist. For instance, he says the freedom is good, the same thing is good, all over the world. So in that sense he’s a universalist.

– Peter Singer


Bush sees the evil as out there in the wider world, residing in people who ‘hate freedom’. Look at his immediate response to the pictures of prisoner abuse this is not what Americans do, these are not our values.

– Peter Singer


The new freedom of expression brought by the Internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways, posing questions about how we should respond to people when all that we know about them is what we have learned through a medium that permits all kinds of anonymity and deception.

– Peter Singer


I honestly don’t know, but if America continues to refuse to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, I see a bleak future not only for American society, but for the world as a whole. This is a global problem that is not going away, and the United States is an obstacle to solving it.

– Peter Singer


In a democracy, citizens pass judgment on their government, and if they are kept in the dark about what their government is doing, they cannot be in a position to make well-grounded decisions.

– Peter Singer


Every profession will have its rogues, of course, no matter what oaths are sworn, but many health care professionals have a real commitment to serving the best interests of their clients.

– Peter Singer


Ancient recipients of instant news probably couldn’t do very much about it, for instance. Xerxes would still need three months to get his army together, and he might not get home for years.

– Peter Singer


It’s also much clearer how much damage the occupation of Iraq is doing to America’s reputation and prestige around the world and that’s just starting now to hit home in the United States.

– Peter Singer


The hope of Internet anarchists was that repressive governments would have only two options: accept the Internet with its limitless possibilities of spreading information, or restrict Internet access to the ruling elite and turn your back on the 21st century, as North Korea has done.

– Peter Singer


Knowledge is generally considered a good thing so, presumably, knowing more about how the U.S. thinks and operates around the world is also good.

– Peter Singer


I’m not overly alarmist about it, but I do think there are some worrying signs, like the growing accumulation of wealth by a very small proportion of the population, plus elections in the US are much more dominated by money than anywhere else calling itself a democracy.

– Peter Singer


We have a new generation of very rich people who want to do more with their money than buy a lot of expensive toys. They want to live meaningful lives.

– Peter Singer


I don’t understand the notion that modern farming is anything do to with nature. It’s a pretty gross interference with nature.

– Peter Singer


I can tell you that too much money is corrupting American politics. Don’t blame the American public. The U.S. Supreme Court has a lot to answer for, because it has made it impossible for Congress to reduce the corrupting influence of money on American political life.

– Peter Singer


In the sense that you’re not at the centre of power, like a president or prime minister of a major power, everyone is marginalised my position doesn’t isn’t unique in that respect. I think there are different sorts of relevance in different contexts.

– Peter Singer


So, basically, my view is I don’t want to support the exploitation of animals, and within reason, I will do what I can to avoid it, but it’s not like it’s a religion for me. It’s not like I consider I’m polluted if somehow some bit of milk or cheese or something passes my lips.

– Peter Singer


You might hold an ethical position that it’s wrong to lie, but if you have plans for a war in Iraq, and you want to keep them secret for practical reasons – to reduce casualties, perhaps – and someone asks you about those plans, you may need to lie for a ‘good’ outcome.

– Peter Singer