Friday, April 09, 2004

A Peter Singer Quote

If anyone doubted that there was something horribly wrong with Peter Singer's moral philosophy, the following passage by him ought to settle the matter.

“What, for instance, are we to do about genuine conflicts of interest like rats biting slum children? I am not sure of the answer, but the essential point is that we do see this as a conflict of interest, that we recognize that rats have interests too.”

Sure rats have interests; the question is whether we ought to respect theirs even while they fail to respect ours.