Why Not Effective Altruism?

Public Affairs Quarterly 38 (1):3-21 (2024)
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Effective altruism sounds so innocuous—who could possibly be opposed to doing good more effectively? Yet it has inspired significant backlash in recent years. This paper addresses some common misconceptions and argues that the core “beneficentric” ideas of effective altruism are both excellent and widely neglected. Reasonable people may disagree on details of implementation, but all should share the basic goals or values underlying effective altruism.

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Richard Y. Chappell
University of Miami

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