University of Pittsburgh
October 7, 2016

Philosopher Peter Singer to Discuss Global Ethics at Pitt


Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH—Peter Singer, one of the world’s most influential living philosophers, will be the featured speaker at a two-day event Oct. 13 and 14 sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center. Both talks, one at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall and one at Pitt’s Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, will showcase Singer’s controversial thinking on some of the world’s most pressing ethical issues.Peter Singer

Both are free and open to the public.

The event completes the yearlong series “Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change.”

“Ethics for One World”
Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall (behind Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
In this lecture on the risks inherent in globalization, Singer will argue that our most challenging issues today are global. From climate change, economic globalization, and extreme poverty to the responsibility to protect people from genocide and crimes against humanity, Singer will make the case for the need to challenge both the prudence and the ethics of those who put forward nationalist perspectives.

“Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change”
Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
650 Schenley Dr., Oakland
This conversation between Singer and Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at Pitt, will expand upon Singer’s lecture from the previous evening. The two will explore the concept of coevality in a dialogue with key members of the Pitt community.

Following the dialogue, Pitt doctoral students will present a new web publication titled The Coevality Project.

About Peter Singer
From animal rights to doping in sports, Australian Peter Singer presents an original take on contemporary ethics. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and a laureate professor at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. In 2012, he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to philosophy and bioethics. Time ranked him among the world’s 100 most influential people in 2005.

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