Before I got on Zoloft, specifically, when I was a freshman in college, I felt a physical sickness because I wasn’t worth the air I breathed. 261 more words
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George Yancy: You have popularized the concept of speciesism, which, I believe was first used by the animal activist Richard Ryder. Briefly, define that term and how do you see it as similar to or different from racism? 990 more words
Though I am not a strict utilitarian (adhering to the belief that the end justifies any means) I do generally agree with concept put forth by those in this school of thought who believe that the best action, or course of action, is that which increases net happiness and leads to the least amount of suffering overall. 1,776 more words
I first came across this question (or something akin to it) during a discussion on the ethics of animal experimentation in a class at university, and my answer – that it shouldn’t be answered – sparked a discussion that spilled beyond the confines of class and on in to the afternoon. 1,217 more words
In a 1972 essay called Fame, Affluence and Morality, Peter Singer, the philosopher and intellectual leader of the Effective Altruism movement, wrote:
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If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, then we ought, morally, to do it.