Since 2010, the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture, known in some circles as philosophy's Nobel, has been awarded annually to a thinker "whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world." The prize comes with a $1 million check. This year's winner is Princeton philosophy professor Peter Singer, who is famous for his work in utilitarianism, animal rights, bioethics, and effective altruism. Singer has said he will be donating half the proceeds to The Life You Can Save, a foundation he created to reduce extreme poverty, and much of the rest to animal rights organizations. www.berggruen.org/prize/
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