Peter Singer on the Lives You Can Save

The Ezra Klein Show | 2 December 2019 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Singer about his book The Life You Can Save. Covers his drowning child thought experiment, ethical philosophy, why moral reasoning is a social act, the ethics of caring most about those closest to you, AI risk, open borders, and where our obligations to others end.

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  1. Good for Ezra Klein in asking difficult questions for utilitarianism, such as whether it is ethical to spend time appreciating art, whether the lives of multiple humans in the future have more value than the life of a single human now, how we should value animal suffering vs. human suffering, and how we should consider the suffering of wild animals. (In regard to the last of these, Prof. Singer wonders how we should consider the suffering of a fish species, which may have thousands of offspring, only a tiny percentage of which survive to adulthood.)

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