Peter Singer on effective charity

Peter Singer is one of the best known philosophers, especially on ethical questions. His book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty makes the case for charitable giving from the viewpoint of secular ethics. In it he answers many fo the questions and uncertainties people have about charity – especially how to give appropriately depending on one’s own circumstances. And how to give effectively – ensuring that your charity has the best possible effect.

The video below repeats many of these arguments – bringing them up to date.  As the “blurb” says, “Singer talks through some surprising thought experiments to help you balance emotion and practicality — and make the biggest impact with whatever you can share.”

Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism.

See also:  A sensible Christian perspective on Peter Singermy review of  Charles C. Camosy’s book Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization.

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One response to “Peter Singer on effective charity

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I think the idea of effective altruism is really important. The list of resources on the TED blog is a good place to start for readers who might want to learn more: http://blog.ted.com/2013/05/20/20-resources-for-better-giving-and-living-a-more-altruistic-life/
    (Singer mentioned the organization I volunteer with, givingwhatwecan.org , which has some really interesting materials, including a calculator to figure out how many lives 10% of your income could save)

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