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On Satisfying Duties to Assist

Barry, Christian; Lawford-Smith, Holly

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This is the first collective study of the thinking behind the effective altruism movement. This movement comprises a growing global community of people who organise significant parts of their lives around the two key concepts represented in its name. Altruism is the idea that if we use a significant portion of the resources in our possession—whether money, time, or talents—with a view to helping others then we can improve the world considerably. When we do put such resources to altruistic use,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBarry, Christian
dc.contributor.authorLawford-Smith, Holly
dc.contributor.editorHilary Greaves
dc.contributor.editorTheron Pummer
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-22T01:54:55Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780198841364
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/204555
dc.description.abstractThis is the first collective study of the thinking behind the effective altruism movement. This movement comprises a growing global community of people who organise significant parts of their lives around the two key concepts represented in its name. Altruism is the idea that if we use a significant portion of the resources in our possession—whether money, time, or talents—with a view to helping others then we can improve the world considerably. When we do put such resources to altruistic use, it is crucial to focus on how much good this or that intervention is reasonably expected to do per unit of resource expended (as a gauge of effectiveness). We can try to rank various possible actions against each other to establish which will do the most good with the resources expended. Thus we could aim to rank various possible kinds of action to alleviate poverty against one another, or against actions aimed at very different types of outcome, focused perhaps on animal welfare or future generations. The scale and organisation of the effective altruism movement encourage careful dialogue on questions that have perhaps long been there, throwing them into new and sharper relief, and giving rise to previously unnoticed questions. In this volume a team of internationally recognised philosophers, economists, and political theorists present refined and in-depth explorations of issues that arise once one takes seriously the twin ideas of altruistic commitment and effectiveness.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.relation.ispartofEffective Altruism Philosophical Issues
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.rights© the several contributors 2019
dc.source.urihttps://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198841364.001.0001/oso-9780198841364
dc.titleOn Satisfying Duties to Assist
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1007931xPUB307
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.oxfordscholarship.com/
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationBarry, Christian , College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLawford-Smith, Holly, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage150
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage165
local.identifier.doi/10.1093/oso/9780198841364.003.0010
local.identifier.absseo950503 - Understanding Australia's Past
dc.date.updated2020-12-20T07:22:42Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationUnited Kingdom
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