Peter Albert David Singer, AC is an Australian moral philosopher. He is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and... MORE
Peter Albert David Singer, AC is an Australian moral philosopher. He is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book, Animal Liberation, a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory. On two occasions Singer served as chair of the philosophy department at Monash University, where he founded its Centre for Human Bioethics. In 1996 he stood unsuccessfully as a Greens candidate for the Australian Senate. In 2004 he was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, and in June 2012 was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to philosophy and bioethics. He serves on the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the NGO formed to develop the Health Impact Fund proposal. He was voted one of Australia's ten most influential public intellectuals in 2006. LESS
The Role of Government and the Free Market in Healthcare Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates - Albert Theatre at Goodman Theatre Intelligence Squared Debates posits the argument: Should the United States ration end-of-life car?Taking place at Chicago Ideas Week: Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? *Panelists subject to change Moderator: John Donvan Author & Correspondent ABC News For: Dr. Art Kellermann Chair in Policy Analysis RAND HealthPeter Singer Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Princeton University Against: Sally Pipes President and Chief Executive Officer Pacific Research InstituteKen Connor Chairman Center for a Just Society
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