Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
LEARN ETHICS WITH

Peter Singer

Peter Singer, dubbed the ‘Dangerous Philosopher’ by the New Yorker is infamous for being a controversial thinker full of big ideas. Peter is the professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

Peter is well-known in the intellectual space for his book, ‘Animal Liberation’ in which he argues in favor of veganism, and his essay ‘Famine, Affluence and Morality’ in which he argues in favor of donating to the global poor.

With a wealth of knowledge behind him, Peter teaches on the inner workings of applied ethical and political philosophy, effective altruism, world poverty, bioethics and more.

In this 20 chapter Videobook series, you will learn how to examine ethical issues from a secular, utilitarian perspective that will strengthen, enhance and challenge all the same…

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Chapter 1 : An Introduction to Ethics
Enrich your understanding of ethics. In this chapter, Peter introduces the concept of ethics, and delves into its genesis as well as its evolution, while elucidating the role of intuition in ethics.
Chapter 2 : Defining Ethics
Discover the self-evident truth about ethics. In this chapter, Peter discusses whether ethics is subjective and relative to culture; he explores the notion of freewill and its relationship with ethics; and the concept of nihilism.
Chapter 3 : The Role of Reason in Ethics
What role does reason play in ethics? In this chapter, Peter explores the role of reason in everyday decision making, through the lens of David Hume and Immanuel Kant, he talks about Derek Parfit’s challenge to David Hume and whether reason points us in the direction of doing good for self interest or for the benefit of all.
Chapter 4 : Consequentialism & Utilitarianism
Brush up on your knowledge of consequentialism and utilitarianism. In this chapter, Peter explains the concept of consequentialism and utilitarianism, exemplified by twentieth & twenty-first century consequentialists and utilitarians, the main varieties of utilitarianism, and much more.
Chapter 5 : Objections to Utilitarianism
Explore some of the classic criticisms of utilitarianism. In this chapter, Peter discusses the main objections to utilitarianism and how utilitarians respond to these objections.
Chapter 6 : Alternatives to Consequentialism: Deontological views
Understand the many alternatives to consequentialism. In this chapter, Peter explains the codes of ethics, natural law ethics, Kant and the categorical imperative, natural rights and human rights, and Ross’s ethic of prima facie duties.
Chapter 7 : Alternatives to Consequentialism: Contractualism, Virtue Ethics, And Ethics of Care
Immerse yourself in the ethical theories that make up consequentialism. In this chapter, Peter explores opposing versions of contractualism, the concept of virtue ethics, how virtue ethicists answer questions of right and wrong, and much more.
Chapter 8 : Effective Altruism and Global Poverty
Learn about effective altruism and its impact on global poverty. In this chapter, Peter explains the definition of effective altruism, the ethical implications of extreme poverty and how each one of us can really make a difference.
Chapter 9 : Ethics and Population
What’s better - a large population or a high quality of life for a small population? In this chapter, Peter explores whether the world is overpopulated, and if so, what could the ethical response to overpopulation be?
Chapter 10 : Effective Altruism and the Next Billion Years
Should we prioritise solving problems of the distant future over problems of the present? In this chapter, Peter explores what moral obligations, if any, do we have to people who will exist in the future. He goes on to explore the division these long-term questions have caused within the effective altruism movement.
Chapter 11 : Climate Change
Accepting the grave consequences of climate change. In this chapter, Peter explains the science of climate change, why climate change may be the greatest moral challenge of our time, the importance of risk, and what moral obligations, if any, do individuals have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and much more.
Chapter 12 : The Moral Status of Non-Human Animals
What would justify drawing that line between our species and others? In this chapter, Peter discusses past historical views held about the moral status of animals, he explores whether the way we treat animals is ethically defensible, and what view we should take of the use of animals in research.
Chapter 13 : The Ethics of What We Eat
Learn more about the ethical implications of the way we treat animals. In this chapter, Peter explores the most important issue relating to our treatment of animals, and if there is any ethical view that would make factory farming ethically defensible and much more.
Chapter 14 : Environmental Ethics
Take a deep dive into the realm of environmental ethics. In this chapter, Peter explores the reasons for preserving endangered species, the value of non-sentient beings and how to balance the preservation of species against the suffering of sentient beings
Chapter 15 : Defining Death
Is death still characterized by ceasing of the heartbeat? Traditionally people were considered dead when their heart had stopped beating. Now the notion of death has evolved alongside the development of the respirator. In this chapter, Peter looks at why the definition of death has changed, are people who are brain dead really dead, and whether the death of the organism or the death of the person matters more.
Chapter 16 : Abortion
Explore the ethical implications surrounding the abortion debate. In this chapter, Peter looks at whether women’s rights should include the right to abortion, should the issue of abortion be decided by legislatures or courts, and most importantly, when does a human’s life really begin.
Chapter 17 : Ethical Decisions: Withdrawing Medical Treatment
Explore the ethics behind medical decision-making. In this chapter, Peter draws on the case of Karen Quinlan and the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary means of treatment, as well as the ethics behind withdrawing life-support from infants with a poor prognosis.
Chapter 18 : Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide
What does individual liberty really look like? In this chapter, Peter discusses John Stuart Mill’s very simple principle, the spread of physician-assisted suicide in the West, along with the objections raised.
Chapter 19 : Ethics in the Public Sphere
How far can one take individual liberty? In this chapter, Peter looks at whether there are limits to the freedom of speech, at what point is civil disobedience justified, and if violence is ever justified.
Chapter 20 : Living an Ethical Life
Why should we choose to live an ethical life? In this chapter, Peter explores the reasons behind acting ethically, what qualifies as a good life for a person and if there is a conflict between living ethically and living well for oneself.

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Learn Ethics with Peter Singer

Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
12:24
Chapter 1 : An Introduction to Ethics
Enrich your understanding of ethics. In this chapter, Peter introduces the concept of ethics, and delves into its genesis as well as its evolution, while elucidating the role of intuition in ethics.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
8:16
Chapter 2 : Defining Ethics
Discover the self-evident truth about ethics. In this chapter, Peter discusses whether ethics is subjective and relative to culture; he explores the notion of freewill and its relationship with ethics; and the concept of nihilism.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
26:42
Chapter 3 : The Role of Reason in Ethics
What role does reason play in ethics? In this chapter, Peter explores the role of reason in everyday decision making, through the lens of David Hume and Immanuel Kant, he talks about Derek Parfit’s challenge to David Hume and whether reason points us in the direction of doing good for self interest or for the benefit of all.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
27:58
Chapter 4 : Consequentialism & Utilitarianism
Brush up on your knowledge of consequentialism and utilitarianism. In this chapter, Peter explains the concept of consequentialism and utilitarianism, exemplified by twentieth & twenty-first century consequentialists and utilitarians, the main varieties of utilitarianism, and much more.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
14:48
Chapter 5 : Objections to Utilitarianism
Explore some of the classic criticisms of utilitarianism. In this chapter, Peter discusses the main objections to utilitarianism and how utilitarians respond to these objections.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
15:36
Chapter 6 : Alternatives to Consequentialism: Deontological views
Understand the many alternatives to consequentialism. In this chapter, Peter explains the codes of ethics, natural law ethics, Kant and the categorical imperative, natural rights and human rights, and Ross’s ethic of prima facie duties.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
25:38
Chapter 7 : Alternatives to Consequentialism: Contractualism, Virtue Ethics, And Ethics of Care
Immerse yourself in the ethical theories that make up consequentialism. In this chapter, Peter explores opposing versions of contractualism, the concept of virtue ethics, how virtue ethicists answer questions of right and wrong, and much more.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
18:38
Chapter 8 : Effective Altruism and Global Poverty
Learn about effective altruism and its impact on global poverty. In this chapter, Peter explains the definition of effective altruism, the ethical implications of extreme poverty and how each one of us can really make a difference.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
15:24
Chapter 9 : Ethics and Population
What’s better - a large population or a high quality of life for a small population? In this chapter, Peter explores whether the world is overpopulated, and if so, what could the ethical response to overpopulation be?
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
22:30
Chapter 10 : Effective Altruism and the Next Billion Years
Should we prioritise solving problems of the distant future over problems of the present? In this chapter, Peter explores what moral obligations, if any, do we have to people who will exist in the future. He goes on to explore the division these long-term questions have caused within the effective altruism movement.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
30:13
Chapter 11 : Climate Change
Accepting the grave consequences of climate change. In this chapter, Peter explains the science of climate change, why climate change may be the greatest moral challenge of our time, the importance of risk, and what moral obligations, if any, do individuals have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and much more.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
18:13
Chapter 12 : The Moral Status of Non-Human Animals
What would justify drawing that line between our species and others? In this chapter, Peter discusses past historical views held about the moral status of animals, he explores whether the way we treat animals is ethically defensible, and what view we should take of the use of animals in research.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
14:38
Chapter 13 : The Ethics of What We Eat
Learn more about the ethical implications of the way we treat animals. In this chapter, Peter explores the most important issue relating to our treatment of animals, and if there is any ethical view that would make factory farming ethically defensible and much more.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
12:29
Chapter 14 : Environmental Ethics
Take a deep dive into the realm of environmental ethics. In this chapter, Peter explores the reasons for preserving endangered species, the value of non-sentient beings and how to balance the preservation of species against the suffering of sentient beings
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
32:25
Chapter 15 : Defining Death
Is death still characterized by ceasing of the heartbeat? Traditionally people were considered dead when their heart had stopped beating. Now the notion of death has evolved alongside the development of the respirator. In this chapter, Peter looks at why the definition of death has changed, are people who are brain dead really dead, and whether the death of the organism or the death of the person matters more.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
23:03
Chapter 16 : Abortion
Explore the ethical implications surrounding the abortion debate. In this chapter, Peter looks at whether women’s rights should include the right to abortion, should the issue of abortion be decided by legislatures or courts, and most importantly, when does a human’s life really begin.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
14:29
Chapter 17 : Ethical Decisions: Withdrawing Medical Treatment
Explore the ethics behind medical decision-making. In this chapter, Peter draws on the case of Karen Quinlan and the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary means of treatment, as well as the ethics behind withdrawing life-support from infants with a poor prognosis.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
12:25
Chapter 18 : Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide
What does individual liberty really look like? In this chapter, Peter discusses John Stuart Mill’s very simple principle, the spread of physician-assisted suicide in the West, along with the objections raised.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
10:06
Chapter 19 : Ethics in the Public Sphere
How far can one take individual liberty? In this chapter, Peter looks at whether there are limits to the freedom of speech, at what point is civil disobedience justified, and if violence is ever justified.
Learn Ethics with Peter Singer
11:01
Chapter 20 : Living an Ethical Life
Why should we choose to live an ethical life? In this chapter, Peter explores the reasons behind acting ethically, what qualifies as a good life for a person and if there is a conflict between living ethically and living well for oneself.

Credits

Host – Peter Singer. Director – Desh Amila. Producer – Desh Amila. Cinematographer – Frace Luke Mercado. Scriptwriter – Coleman Hughes | Peter Singer. Production assistant – Mario De Alwis. Research – Jay Shapiro | Nadeesh Jayasinghe. Video Editor – Vishaka Joshi | Nadim Sham | Pawara De Silva | Kiran Irugalbandara. Graphic Designer – Nadim Sham. Colorists – Tharindu Hashan | Ranidu Madushan. Animator – Ksenia Smirnova . Titles – Nadim Sham. Sound Design – Nisal Gangodage. Audio Mixing & Mastering – Nisal Gangodage. Camera Operators – Frace Luke Mercado. Trailer – Peter Cramer | Mario De Alwis. Special thanks – Dr. Meredith Doig | Damson Nguyen | Collins Nguyen | Rashida Bhurhani

 

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