Peter Singer's Argument Analysis

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Peter Singer is a well-known Australian moral philosopher whose work in applied ethics for example abortion, animal liberation and infanticide has led to controversy. Singer’s willingness to work through the controversial topics made him became so famous around the world. When Singer’s paper about abortion and infanticide was publicised, Singer has proven to be a popular target especially among the pro-life activists. Singer exclaimed that membership of Homo-Sapiens is not sufficient to confer a right to life (Hassan. P, 2015). He believes that woman has the right to have an abortion and physicians should have the right to kill some disable babies. The aim of this discourse analysis is to investigate the way in which particular language choices…show more content…
In this article, Moral hero and Nazi which are the two contrary terms is used to describe Singer. Singer is represented as a moral hero as he is the father of the modern animal rights movement. Singer is an influential philosopher where his best- selling book ‘Animal Liberation’ helped him to be one of the world’s 100 most influential people on TIME Magazine’s 2005. His great job leads to huge improvement in the treatment of animals. On the other hand, the description of Singer as the ‘Nazi’ is being applied because in a 2012 op-ed defending abortion, Singer claimed that “membership of the species Homo sapiens is not enough to confer a right to life.” He also mentioned that "Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Very often it is not wrong at all” and thus his claims triggered the protest. There is criticism all over the world but Singer is given a compliment to be a top-notch thinker as he defences himself well by pointing out the misunderstands towards his point of views (Gensler. H,…show more content…
He accepts people’s opinion for example Hare’s defence of demi-vegetarianism. Singer gets many of his ideas from Hare who is said to be the most important moral speaker in that century to direct his Oxford thesis. Singer, an influential philosopher also influenced a person named Henry Spira who is now the Martin Luther King of the animal liberation movement. Spira became interested in animal rights after Singer offered an adult education course. Generally, Singer is being said to be a moral hero in this whole article and his book is strongly recommended for people to read. It is being described as a ‘must read’ for the activist (Gensler. H,
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