The Most Good You Can Do

The Most Good You Can Do

How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

Book - 2015
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From the ethicist the New Yorker calls "the most influential living philosopher," a new way of thinking about living ethically

Peter Singer's books and ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of Animal Liberation . Now he directs our attention to a new movement in which his own ideas have played a crucial role: effective altruism. Effective altruism is built upon the simple but profound idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the "most good you can do." Such a life requires an unsentimental view of charitable giving: to be a worthy recipient of our support, an organization must be able to demonstrate that it will do more good with our money or our time than other options open to us. Singer introduces us to an array of remarkable people who are restructuring their lives in accordance with these ideas, and shows how living altruistically often leads to greater personal fulfillment than living for oneself.

The Most Good You Can Do develops the challenges Singer has made, in the New York Times and Washington Post , to those who donate to the arts, and to charities focused on helping our fellow citizens, rather than those for whom we can do the most good. Effective altruists are extending our knowledge of the possibilities of living less selfishly, and of allowing reason, rather than emotion, to determine how we live. The Most Good You Can Do offers new hope for our ability to tackle the world's most pressing problems.
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780300180275
Branch Call Number: 171.8 SINGE
Characteristics: xiii, 211 pages ; 22 cm.

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vaidybala
Jan 21, 2016

Traditions like Hinduism and Buddhism for centuries have advocated Dharma means effectively Ethical Living, most have fallen on deaf ears (years! It is sad that this ancient topic is re-broadcast in a new bottle. I am sure the English speaking public will notice the repeated message. Thanks for Reading

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bookwormjeph
Jul 09, 2015

Obviously I was drawn to this book due to it's title and theme and once I had read the first three chapters I didn't need to read anymore. Sure, I learned some things I didn't already know-the nuances of ethical living but a lot of it fairly repetitive and based on what seemed like an endless trotting out of case studies in an effort to keep ramming his point home.

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TJ_77
Apr 28, 2015

Very well written. It helped me see how I could do much, much more good with my time and money. I did feel a bit judged at times, but the point of this book is to find out how you could help others better, and if you feel bad at parts, it's probably because you are having some self realizations... Excellent read, recommended.

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