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.
You will find discussions of:
- Meta-Ethics and Normative Ethical Theories
- Poverty and Affluence
- What is the Best Cause?
- How Much Ought We Do to Help Others?
- Career Choice
- Why Act Ethically?
This course includes a Giving Game, which gives you an opportunity to reflect on what considerations are most important when choosing a charity.