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Singer, Peter, 1946-

The most good you can do : how effective altruism is changing ideas about living ethically / Peter Singer. - London : New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015. - xiii, 211 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. - The Castle lectures in ethics, politics, and economics . - Castle lectures in ethics, politics, and economics. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Effective altruism. What is effective altruism? -- A movement emerges -- How to do the most good. Living modestly to give more -- Earning to give -- Other ethical careers -- Giving a part of yourself -- Motivation and justification. Is love all we need? -- One among many -- Altruism and happiness -- Choosing causes and organizations. Domestic or global? -- Are some causes objectively better than others? -- Difficult comparisons -- Reducing animal suffering and protecting nature -- Choosing the best organization -- Preventing human extinction.

The Most Good You Can Do develops the challenges Singer has made to those who donate to the arts, and to charities focused on helping our fellow citizens, rather than those for whom we can do the most good. Effective altruists are extending our knowledge of the possibilities of living less selfishly, and of allowing reason, rather than emotion, to determine how we live. The Most Good You Can Do offers new hope for our ability to tackle the world's most pressing problems. (copac)

9780300180275 : (hbk.)

Altruism in literature.
Ethics and literature.


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