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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; With a New afterword by the author edition (8 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691150699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150697
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.8 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Singer's theory of the expanding circle remains an enormously insightful concept, which reconciles the existence of human nature with political and moral progress. It was also way ahead of its time. . . . It's wonderful to see this insightful book made available to a new generation of readers and scholars."--Steven Pinker, author of "The Blank Slate" and "The Stuff of Thought"

""The Expanding Circle" is a brilliant book whose significance becomes clearer every year. Peter Singer was the first major philosopher to see the importance of the new Darwinian insights into human nature, and in this book he applies them with characteristic power and grace."--Robert Wright, author of "The Moral Animal"

""The Expanding Circle" is a great introduction to the whole question of the relationship between evolution and ethics. Looking at it now nearly 30 years after its original publication, I am amazed at how well it has withstood the test of time. This book remains as relevant as ever."--Michael Ruse, editor of "Philosophy after Darwin"

"Since its first publication in 1981, "The Expanding Circle" has become one of the most widely influential books in ethics. This revised edition could not be more timely. It is vital reading for anyone who has ever wondered about the nature or objectivity of morality--which is to say, for all of us."--Peter Railton, University of Michigan

About the Author

Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include "Animal Liberation", "Practical Ethics", "Rethinking Life and Death", "One World," and, most recently, "The Life You Can Save".


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There's a big debate about Singer's philosophy, with some accusing him of dehumanising the human subject to make a philosophical point and others lauding him as the great modern pioneer of animal rights. But The Expanding Circle steers clear of any of the philosophical arguments Singer has made that have caused such a schism. In its simplest terms, this is an elegant, heart-warming essay on the capacities of human reasoning to increase our care for others, for those of other nations, and for other species too. It will inspire you to try harder to be compassionate and responsible, without making you feel guilty. And it places the impact of evolutionary biology on ethics into good perspective.
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