Oral history interview with Peter Singer 2004


Singer, Peter, 1946- (Interviewee)
Hardy, Charles (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Peter Singer 2004
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Peter Singer: oral history, 2004; Oral history of Peter Singer, 2004
In this two session interview, Peter Singer discusses a range of topics including his family and childhood in Australia; education and activism while in college; interest in ethics and philosophy; employment, research, and writing; and the animal rights movement. Singer discusses his college activism which included participation in the anti-conscription and antiwar movements, and a burgeoning inter est in animal issues. Additionally, he worked on the student newspaper and was a member of the Radical Philosophy Group. He recounts meeting David Keshen, Stanley and Roslind Godlovitch who influenced his decision to become a vegetarian. Singer provides detailed information on why and how Animal Liberation was written. He discusses his collaboration and with former student Henry Spira, views on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), his participation in protest activity, his views on the status of animal advocacy in the United States, and attention given animal rights by the US media. Singer also gives his views on various campaigns aimed at ending animal testing, farming and research issues. Singer also describes assuming the presidency of Animal Rights International (ARI).
Collection Name
Animal Advocates Oral History Collection
Vegetarianism--Moral and ethical aspects; Animal welfare; Laboratory animals; Animal industry--Moral and ethical aspects; Animal rights; Animal rights movement; Animal rights activists; Singer, Peter, 1946-; Godlovitch, Stanley, 1947-; Godlovitch, Roslind, 1944-; Animal Rights International; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
oral histories
Physical Description
88 pages
Note (Biographical)
Bioethicist Peter Singer was born in Australia in 1946. He has taught at several universities including the University of Oxford, New York University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of California at Irvine, La Trobe University a nd most recently at Princeton University. Singer also served as a Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Singer has authored numerous books including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics,, and Rethinking Life and Death.
Interviewed by Charles Hardy on January 30, 2002 and May 14, 2004.
Note (Provenance)
Recording Animal Advocacy, Inc. Gift 2001 2001.2002.M055
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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