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Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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Effective Altruism, an Introduction

August 30, 2014

Peter Singer on Effective Altruism & Cause Prioritization - this is a short from a longer interview I did recently with Peter Singer - the longer form is forthcoming!

Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement which applies evidence and reason to working out the most effective ways to improve the world. Effective altruists consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact. It is this broad evidence-based approach that distinguishes effective altruism from traditional altruism or charity. Effective altruism sometimes involves taking actions that are less intuitive or emotionally salient. The philosopher Peter Singer is a notable supporter of effective altruism. - Adam Ford



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