The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

byPeter Singer

Paperback | July 5, 2016

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$20.66 online 
$20.95 list price
Earn 103 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

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.

About The Author

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, and Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is the author of more than twenty books including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, and The Life You Can Save. He divides his time between New York City and M...

Details & Specs

Title:The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living EthicallyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300219865

ISBN - 13:9780300219869

Look for similar items by category:

Nearby Stores

We found 0 nearby stores

Customer Reviews of The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

Reviews