Video of Peter Singer’s lecture, The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, has been posted on the Rotman Institute of Philosophy YouTube channel. Effective altruism is built upon the simple but profound idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the “most good you can do.” Such a life requires an unsentimental view of charitable giving: to be a worthy recipient of our support, an organization must be able to demonstrate that it will do more good with our money or our time than other options open to us. In this talk, Singer will introduce us to an array of remarkable people who are restructuring their lives in accordance with these ideas, and show how effective altruism challenges common views about the choice between different good causes.

Video of Singer’s second lecture, Animal Liberation: Forty Years On, will be available shortly.


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