Peter Singer
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I remember hearing a bit about Singer in college in the course of my ethics courses, but I never studied his books. All I know is that he is one of the leading proponents of consequentialist ethics today, and deserves some respect for carrying his arguments to their logical conclusions, horrific though they might appear to common-sense. That, and his book Animal Liberation was highly influential in spurring the modern animal-rights movement.

I can't respond to his book specifically, but I can say I think consequentialism generally falls apart. Because an ethical agent, in this system, is equally responsible for the consequences of acting or failing to act in any given context, the individual agent ultimately dissolves into a node in an infinite web of "other peoples'" actions and intentions. The notion of an agent ceases to make sense (much less any useful concept of virtue, which I think is the proper focus of ethics).
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