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Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation and Practical Ethics, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words.

In this book of brief essays, he applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalized, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases in the news. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and what is the value of the pale blue dot that is our planet.

©2016 Peter Singer (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Peter Singer is among the most vital moral voices of our time. He urges us to confront not only the question of what we should not do, but also the harder and larger questions of what we should do, and how much we owe to others." (Larissa MacFarquhar, author of Strangers Drowning)

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Wonderful range of topics

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ethics in the Real World. Each essay was engaging and interesting. They were short but thoughful and definitely opened my mind to new ways of thinking about certain things. I will listen again soon.

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Very interesting.

Gave me motivation for doing more good and also good advice on having a bigger impact overall.

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excellent

very enjoyable shorts chapters of about 8-10 minutes each. each chapter is an op-ed piece stating a straightforward position, or asking a question, followed by several examples or related points. like a mental palette cleanser.

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Short essay collection to make you think

It’s not a utilitarianism book. It’s a collection of essays from Peter Singer to make you think about hot topics. It’s pretty good and easy to listen. The narrator is good also. Peter is not as crazy as some people paint him. There’s an essay about the “controversial” meeting with disabled leaders and it was not controversial at all.

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life changing.

throughout this book, I was inspired by each of his separate essays, some with similar subject matters but explaining them in different perspectives and interesting ways. There is no way that you can listen to this book and not feel like you are empowered to do something about the decline in the environment, or in making a positive improvement in your own ethical actions.
What a fluid and personable writer, and three narrator was a joy to hear. Wonderful emphasis, emotion and interest he seemed to have in this book.

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Mind-opening and inspirational.

Wonderful examination on how research and reality, as opposed to dogma and beliefs, can inform the decisions we make in our daily lives. Singer is remarkably well-thought and well-spoken, and dogged enough to follow logical pathways even when they come to emotionally disturbing results. We must reach these uncomfortable points sometimes to be able to give rational defenses for our positions.

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Excellent content, irritating narration

This book features thought provoking essays that are well argumented. I was bothered by how the narrator pronounced the word "issue". It's issue not isjue.

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Ethics for the real world which we are living in right now

This book actually addresses things that are in our news and in our current history it's very interesting

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Brilliant arguments.

Peter Singer's arguments are well constructed thought provoking and powerful. Recommend this book to anyone interested in developing a broader understanding of ethics in the real world.

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Great Listen!

Singer makes some fascinating arguments. There's a lot of useful information in this book. I recommend 100 percent.

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