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Effective Altruism: Philosophical Issues

Hilary Greaves and Theron Pummer


The effective altruism movement consists of a growing global community of people who organize significant parts of their lives around two key ideas, represented in its name. Altruism: If we use a significant portion of the resources in our possession—whether money, time, or talents—with a view to helping others, we can improve the world considerably. Effectiveness: When we do put such resources to altruistic use, it is crucial to focus on how much good this or that intervention is reasonably expected to do per unit of resource expended (for example, per dollar donated). While global poverty is ... More

Keywords: effective altruism, philosophy, economics, political theory, global poverty, animal welfare, future generations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198841364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hilary Greaves, editor
University of Oxford

Theron Pummer, editor
University of St Andrews

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