In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday honours list, Australia’s highest honour went to the philosopher Peter Singer. The citation was for “eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas in the areas of global poverty, animal welfare and the human condition”.
Singer is certainly an effective communicator of ideas. He has been described as “the most influential philosopher alive” and “almost certainly the best-known and most widely read of all contemporary philosophers”. But not everyone was happy with the award, especially Christians and those of similar views who were outraged by Singer’s view that the infanticide of healthy babies is permissible.
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