Peter Singer, Ira W. De Camp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, is the recipient of the 2021 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture. He received this award for his “widely influential and intellectually rigorous work in reinvigorating utilitarianism as part of academic philosophy and as a force for change in the world.”
The Berggruen Prize is conferred annually by the Berggruen Institute to thinkers who advance ideas that shape the world. Award recipients receive a $1M monetary prize. He plans to donate all of the prize money to charity, with half of it going to The Life You Can Save, an organization he founded to promote effective altruism for people in extreme poverty in low-income countries, and most of the remainder going to organizations working to reduce the suffering of animals in factory farms. He will also support the Journal of Controversial Ideas, of which he is a co-founder.
A full story published by The New York Times can be read here.