Suggest a question for Peter Singer

post by finm · 2020-09-05T17:37:43.720Z · score: 15 (7 votes) · EA · GW · 5 comments

I've arranged to speak to Peter Singer for the podcast I co-host, at some point in early October. The focus will mainly be his upcoming book Why Vegan?  but there will be scope to discuss a range of topics besides.

If you have a question you would like to ask him, we would love to hear them. If there are > 5ish suggestions, Luca and I will pick our favourites (weighted by upvotes). Bonus points for originality – would be great to be able to ask some properly novel questions!

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comment by Linch · 2020-09-05T19:36:24.357Z · score: 9 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

People in this discussion might be interested in my past interview with Singer.

comment by Mati_Roy · 2020-09-06T20:52:30.218Z · score: 8 (3 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

(why) do you focus on near-term animal welfare and poverty alleviation?

comment by MichaelStJules · 2020-09-06T03:32:02.343Z · score: 7 (4 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

1. What do you think are the best arguments for cardinal welfare over merely ordinal welfare? I'm pretty sympathetic to the claim that there's no real fact of the matter as to whether some experience of suffering is 2 or 3 or 100 times worse than another, or that the sum of some pleasure and some experience of suffering takes any particular value, positive, negative or 0. Do you think some individual experience of suffering could be infinitely worse than another?

2. A few years ago, you left preference utilitarianism for hedonistic utilitarianism. Do you consider yourself a classical utilitarian specifically? 

3. What are your thoughts on 

a. negative utilitarianism (preference or hedonistic), 

b. person-affecting views, the procreation asymmetry, and 

c. other forms of aggregation other than straight addition, like prioritarianism, egalitarianism (satisfying Pareto or not), maximin/leximin?

comment by Misha_Yagudin · 2020-09-07T15:48:04.051Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)
  • People switched from whale oil to electricity, not because of any ethical considerations. Do you think that without any moral advocacy humanity would eventually abolish meat?
  • What are the positive and negative effects of animal advocacy on the adaptation of new food technologies (e.g. Beyond Meat's plant-based patties)?
comment by Mati_Roy · 2020-09-06T20:53:09.633Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA(p) · GW(p)

What are your egoistic preferences? (ex.: hedonism peak, hedonism intensity times length, learning, life extension, relationships, etc.)