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Peter Singer receives Queen’s Birthday Honor

Peter Singer (Princeton) has been awarded a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Stories here and here. Awards are given for “eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large”. Only 396 such awards have been given since the Order was founded in 1976.

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One response to “Peter Singer receives Queen’s Birthday Honor

  1. colleen October 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    This philosopher is guilty of sophistry of the highest order…an environmentalist and advocate of discriminations betweens categories of human being, as opposed to the primary instinctive law of each specie’s survival – that of prioriotising the survival of our own species,(while trying not to cause unnecessary suffering for other animals) and naturally, of our own children above all else. Singer takes the maternal instinct and places it in the ‘irrational’ domain, as opposed to his ideas which he presents in the tradition of (male) enlightenment. In Singer’s brave new world, he would lose his own right to life in favour of unborn people who are more years ahead of them at a higher level of health – but that’s not where he lays his arbitarty divides over who is in/out of the category of ‘personhood’.
    So why doesn’t he lay off the unborn and newborn rights’ to life and put his own life on the line for environment?

    PROPHI: This comment has been edited by ProPhi.

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