Peter Singer wins $1 million Berggruen Prize

Sept. 9, 2021

The Department of Philosophy congratulates Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values and our good friend Peter Singer on winning the $1 million 2021 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. The prize is awarded annually by the Berggruen Institute to “thinkers whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.”

The sixth recipient of the annual prize established by billionaire philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen in 2016, Singer says he plans to donate the prize money to charity  – with half going to The Life You Can Save, the organization he founded to fight extreme poverty through “smart giving” (based on his book of the same name), another large portion going to effective animal rights organizations and engaging the public in determining distribution of the remaining funds. 

More details on how the money will be spent and how the public can participate in the decision-making discussion can be found in Singer's "Thank You Message."  

Read the full New York Times story.