Peter Singer

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Unlike both utilitarianism and rights-based theories, virtue theory assumes human beings and the planet Earth have intrinsic purpose, from which moral commandments flow.

A defining feature of the evolution of western ethics has been the displacement of the language of virtue for that of utility and rights. While virtue(...)

Although the archaic, pejorative view that obesity represents a lack of discipline and self-control has largely been dismissed, discourse about obesity remains derogatory and misogynistic. Photograph: iStock

In a field rife with controversy and disagreement, there is strong consensus among obesity experts at home and abroad that bariatric surgery is life-s(...)

A Karl Marx figure with a “zero euro” bank note which has been produced in his home city of Trier, Germany, as part of bicentenary celebrations. Photograph: Harald Tittel/AFP/Getty Images

Karl Marx is probably the most divisive thinker in modern history. Born 200 years ago this week, his name remains both a rallying cry and an insult. (...)

“The animals are typically killed at a young age. Is this animal-friendly? I don’t think so.” Photograph: iStock

Arguments for vegetarianism can be hard to make in a society where eating bits of animals is so popular, and in an economy where so many people are in(...)

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: giants of 20th-century philosophy. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

Many unkind things are said about philosophers. Their discipline is accused of lacking a clear trajectory of progress. Their concerns are sometimes e(...)

President of AS Monaco Dmitri Rybolovlev and his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovlev. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Christopher Williams had been waiting 90 minutes inside the office of a helicopter tour company on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, keeping a careful ey(...)

Thought-provoking: Colette Kinsella and Seán Duke, presenters of ‘Life Matters’ on RTÉ Radio 1

The law may well be an ass, but, as Steven Wise points out, it’s not much use to real donkeys, or indeed to any species that isn’t human. As a resu(...)

Confucius: China has a concept of humanity in the Confucian tradition that bears remarkable similarities to ours

The history of western civilisation has in part been a history of disputed personhood. At different times and in different contexts, certain categorie(...)

Morrissey: veggie to the core. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Even if you don’t agree with Morrissey that meat is murder, you can’t ignore that there are ethical issues at the end of every fork. Animal cruelty is(...)