Inspirational Peter Singer Quotes

Peter Albert David Singer (born 6 July 1946) is an Australian moral philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Peter Singer Quotes.

He specializes in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book Animal Liberation (1975), in which he argues in favor of vegetarianism, and his essay Famine, Affluence, and Morality, in which he argues in favor of donating to help the global poor. For most of his career, he was a preference utilitarian, but he announced in The Point of View of the Universe (2014) that he had become a hedonistic utilitarian.

Peter Singer Quotes
Peter Singer Quotes

Peter Singer Quotes

“We have to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.”
― Peter Singer

“All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.”
― Peter Singer

“Extreme poverty is not only a condition of unsatisfied material needs. It is often accompanied by a degrading state of powerlessness.”
― Peter Singer

“The notion that human life is sacred just because it is human life is medieval.”
― Peter Singer

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

“If possessing a higher degree of intelligence does not entitle one human to use another for his or her own ends, how can it entitle humans to exploit non-humans?”
― Peter Singer

“What one generation finds ridiculous, the next accepts; and the third shudders when it looks back on what the first did.”
― Peter Singer

“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet- for the sake of hamburgers.”
― Peter Singer

“The prescription of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings.”
― Peter Singer

“All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.”
― Peter Singer

“Hebrew word for “charity” tzedakah, simply means “justice” and as this suggests, for Jews, giving to the poor is no optional extra but an essential part of living a just life.”
― Peter Singer

“The notion that human life is sacred just because it is human life is medieval.”
― Peter Singer

“To give preference to the life of a being simply because that being is a member of our species would put us in the same position as racists who give preference to those who are members of their race.”
Peter Singer

“If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it.”
― Peter Singer

“Personal purity isn’t really the issue. Not supporting animal abuse – and persuading others not to support it – is.”
― Peter Singer

“Were we incapable of empathy – of putting ourselves in the position of others and seeing that their suffering is like our own – then ethical reasoning would lead nowhere. If emotion without reason is blind, then reason without emotion is impotent.”
― Peter Singer

“Philosophy ought to question the basic assumptions of the age. Thinking through, critically and carefully, what most of us take for granted is, I believe, the chief task of philosophy, and the task that makes philosophy a worthwhile activity.”
― Peter Singer

“Faith cannot tell us who is right and who is wrong, because each will simply assert that his or her faith is the true one.”
― Peter Singer

“To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, and the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks.”
Peter Singer quotes

“People may hope that the meat they buy came from an animal who died without pain, but they do not really want to know about it. Yet those who, by their purchases, require animals to be killed do not deserve to be shielded from this or any other aspect of the production of the meat they buy.”
― Peter Singer

“I would not question the sincerity of vegetarians who take little interest in Animal Liberation because they give priority to other causes; but when nonvegetarians say that “human problems come first” I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals.”
― Peter Singer

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