How do you live a truly ethical life?
Furthermore, what are the ethical obligations we have to others? Animals? The planet?
Today’s guest has dedicated his life to answering these questions with actionable, sustainable solutions. Meet the world’s most influential living philosopher, Peter Singer.
The grandfather of both the modern animal rights and effective altruism movements, Peter is a Professor of Bioethics at Princeton and a Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne who has published several books on our moral responsibility to alleviate suffering.
Since its original publication in 1975, his groundbreaking work “Animal Liberation” has awakened millions of people to the existence of speciesism—our systematic disregard of nonhuman animals—inspiring a worldwide movement to transform our attitudes to animals and eliminate the cruelty we inflict on them.
Professor Singer’s most recent book, “The Life You Can Save” and the nonprofit organization of the same name, focus on how we should respond to extreme poverty and how doing good for others can bring fulfillment to your own life.
“We are gambling the future of our planet for the sake of hamburgers.”
– PETER SINGER
This is a deeply thoughtful conversation about what is actually required to change the world.
It’s about the genesis of animal rights activism, the backbone of effective altruism, how we can reduce suffering, and the biggest problems humanity faces.
But more than anything, this is a philosophical dissection of belief and values—and how Peter’s have indelibly shaped policy and culture around the globe.
Note: As a gift to our listeners, Peter has generously offered a free copy of his book “The Life You Can Save” to anyone who wants one. To get your copy, visit TheLifeYouCanSave.org/RichRoll.
Free paperback copies are available for U.S. residents only, but all listeners, regardless of location, can download the e-book or audiobook for free. Donations to Peter’s Save Lives Fund can also be made via this link,Donations to Peter’s Save Lives Fund can also be made via this link, and all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25k.
The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Peter’s work has had a profound influence on my life. It was an absolute honor to pick his brain—I hope you learn as much as I did.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with Peter: Website | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook
- The Life You Can Save: Book | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube
- Book: Animal Liberation
- Book: The Most Good You Can Do
- Book: Practical Ethics
- Book: The Ethics of What We Eat
- Peter Singer Archive
- Journal of Controversial Ideas
- Coursera: Effective Altruism
- New Yorker: Peter Singer Is Committed to Controversial Ideas
- TED: The why and how of effective altruism
- The Guardian: Articles by Peter Singer
- Science Direct: Do ethics classes influence student behavior? Case study: Teaching the ethics of eating meat
- The Globe And Mail: With veganism on the rise, is meat cooked?
- The New York Times Magazine: What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?
- Project Syndicate: Commentaries by Peter Singer
- Project Syndicate: Has the FTX Debacle Discredited Effective Altruism?
- The Age: Philosopher wins $1m prize that he will donate to charity
- CBC: Has the FTX collapse killed effective altruism? Its intellectual father doesn’t think so
- NPR: Why Peter Singer — The ‘Drowning Child’ Ethicist — Is Giving Away His $1 Million Prize
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