The Ethical Principles of Effective Altruism

Journal of Global Ethics 12 (2):137-146 (2016)
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Anthony Skelton
University of Western Ontario
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This paper is an examination of the ethical principles of effective altruism as they are articulated by Peter Singer in his book The Most Good You Can Do. It discusses the nature and the plausibility of the principles that he thinks both guide and ought to guide effective altruists. It argues in § II pace Singer that it is unclear that in charitable giving one ought always to aim to produce the most surplus benefit possible and in § III that there is a more attractive set of principles than the ones Singer outlines that ought to guide effective altruists in their philanthropic practices and in their lives more generally. These principles fit better with his practical ambitions and with plausible attitudes about the limits of beneficence.
Keywords Effective altruism  Peter Singer  Obligations to the global poor  Demands of morality
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DOI 10.1080/17449626.2016.1193552
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