Effective Altruism

Effective altruism is built on the simple but unsettling idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the most good one can. In this course you will examine this idea's philosophical underpinnings; meet remarkable people who have restructured their lives in accordance with it; and think about how effective altruism can be put into practice in your own life.

Instructor(s)

Peter Singer
Peter Singer
Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics

Peter Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation (1975). His newest book is called The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically (Yale University Press, April 2015). Singer holds his appointment at the University Center for Human Values jointly with his appointment as Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, attached to the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.