Understanding Effective Altruism and Its Challenges



Effective altruism is the use of evidence and reason to figure out how to benefit others as much as possible and the taking of action on that basis. This chapter discusses the moral framework and methodological approach that effective altruism uses to prioritize causes, charities, and careers, and examines some of the world problems that, on this perspective, appear to be most urgent and important: global health and development, non-human animal suffering, and risks to long-term human survival. It then lays out some of the most important unsolved problems facing the effective altruist project.


Effective Altruism Existential Risk utilitarianismUtilitarianism Factory Farming animalsAnimals 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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