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Mar 8, 2009 4:57 pm

Peter Singer's Hypocrisy Continues Unabated

Peter Singer explains in the CHE why philosophy is self-indulgent, while continuing to be a philosopher. Self-explanatorily obnoxious.

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Aeon J. Skoble - 3/12/2009

Great, thanks!

James Otteson - 3/12/2009

There's a lot more than that left out. Singer doesn't discuss (and as far as I know never has) the causes of poverty or the causes of wealth, and he has given no serious consideration to what the economic and moral consequences would be if governments actually adopted his recommendations. And I can't believe he's still recycling that child-drowning-in-pond analogy, which is now nearly 40 years old!

Thanks for posting this, Aeon. I'll put an entry about it on my own blog as well (with a hat tip to you).

Shawn - 3/8/2009

What I found most interesting was what was missing in the article: no mention of what freer markets and societies have done to lift people out of poverty.