On Monday, Peter Singer added yet another medal to his trophy cabinet – an Order of Australia.
He was given the laurel for his “eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas”. However, just because someone sparks “debate” and “communicates ideas” doesn’t make them an eminent intellectual. Singer has spent his career proposing outlandish theories, and in the process had a pretty nasty influence on our society. He should not have been given our highest civic honour.
Singer has certainly had a lot to say. He’s written over 25 books, including his famous Animal Liberation, and edited 16 more. He’s published hundreds of articles, given hundreds of interviews, and done 15 major television interviews. He’s currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, as well as being a professor laureate at Melbourne university.
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