Effective altruism

William MacAskill, Theron Gene Pummer

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This entry looks at effective altruism, defining it as the project of using evidence and reason to try to find out how to do the most good, and on this basis trying to do the most good, without violating any side‐constraints. It looks at what that project does and does not exclude. The entry then considers and rejects some reasons someone might have for thinking that effective altruism should not be a significant part of their life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Ethics
EditorsHugh LaFollette
Place of PublicationChichester
ISBN (Electronic)9781444367072
ISBN (Print)9781405186414
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020


  • Aggregation
  • Animal ethics
  • Charity
  • Consequentialism
  • Effective altruism
  • Future generations
  • Global poverty
  • Impartiality
  • Incommensurabilty
  • Mozi
  • Philanthropy
  • Population ethics
  • Prioritarianism
  • Utilitarianism
  • Welfarism


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