The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically.
xiii, 211 p.
Springer International Publishing AG
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This book explains the concept of effective altruism as making philanthropic decisions based on doing the most good that can be done. It explains that living a fully ethical life requires a rigorously unsentimental view of charitable giving that necessitates organizations demonstrating that they will do more good with donations than other charity options. The book begins by discussing reasons for effective altruism and then includes chapters that discuss living modestly to give more, earning to give, ethical careers, giving a part of yourself, motivation and justification, and altruism and happiness. The last part of the book provides guidance on choosing causes and organizations. Chapters explore the choice to give to domestic or global charities, deciding if some causes are objectively better than others, the difficulties in making such comparisons, ways to reduce animal suffering and protect nature, guidelines for choosing the best organization, and ways to address human extinction. Numerous references.
funding; grants; private financial support; decision making; ethics; promising practices; evaluation methods; program evaluation