Issued 31 May, 2011
Ethical Issues in an Online World
“It doesn't take remarkable insight to suggest that the defining idea of the coming decade will be the Internet.” Peter Singer
Once labelled the most dangerous man on the planet, Peter Singer is one of the world’s best-known thinkers and a controversial moral philosopher who will discuss the topic of Ethical Issues in an Online World in his Sydney Opera House debut.
Singer came to the world's attention in 1975 with the publication of his book Animal Liberation, the bible on the animal rights movement. His utilitarian views on euthanasia, abortion, animal rights and the sanctity of human life have led to him to being branded a prophet of death, a baby-killer and a Nazi. This is a man whose opinions are so heated that they have resulted in death threats, protests and the need for him to employ bodyguards.
Singer’s most recent book The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty looks at the ethical imperative for people in developed countries to contribute more financially to the alleviation of poverty in the world.
Whether you agree with his opinions or not, there’s no doubt that he’s braved some of the biggest topics this century and is one of the most outstanding practical philosophers of our time. Now turning his focus to the Internet, find out how this technological breakthrough has changed the world and the way we live.
Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.