The Most Good You Can Do

The Most Good You Can Do

How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

eBook - 2015
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Peter Singer, often described as the world's most influential living philosopher, presents a challenging new movement in the search for an ethical life, one that has emerged from his own work on some of the world's most pressing problems.

Effective altruism involves doing the most good possible. It requires a rigorously unsentimental view of charitable giving, urging that a substantial proportion of our money or time, should be donated to the organisations that will do the most good with those resources, rather than to those that tug the heartstrings.

Singer introduces us to an array of remarkable people who are restructuring their lives in accordance with these ideas, and shows how, paradoxically, effective altruism often leads to greater personal fulfilment.

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 The Life You Can Save . His most recent book is The Most Good You Can Do . Singer was born in Australia. He divides his time between New York City and Melbourne.

'Peter Singer's status as a man of principles and towering intellect--a philosopher extraordinaire, if you will--is unrivalled in Australia.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Peter Singer is a public intellectual par excellence.' Monthly

'Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.' New Yorker

'Forty years on from Animal Liberation , Peter Singer is still challenging our complacency with his advocacy for new ideas and movements...In clear prose, Singer weaves effective altruism into a timely and convincing ideology.' Books & Publishing

'Singer makes a strong case for a simple idea--that each of us has a tremendous opportunity to help others with our abilities, time and money. The Most Good You Can D o is an optimistic and compelling look at the positive impact that giving can have on the world.' Bill and Melinda Gates

' The Most Good You Can Do is an important book. Reading it may change your life and save someone else's.' Australian Book Review

Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781925095623
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Mar 10, 2018

I do NOT like this book!
Singer fails to challenge and reinforces the very paradigm that is creating so much tragedy in this world. He obviously believes that harms and suffering can be quantified economically, and this alone provides the only lens that matters. Furthermore, his calculations completely fail to take into account whole classes of harms.
Singer gives as an example his student Matt Wage, who took Singer's ethic's class at Princeton which persuaded him that he could do more good taking a high-paying job on Wall Street, then continuing his study of ethics, because his Wall Street salary enabled him to donate more money to help others.
This example completely omits the massive world-wide harms that Wall Street inflicts, and how someone with Matt's character joining Wall Street appears to sanction and contribute to those harms.
This is the gist of, "Effective Altruism." It is a whole new level of justification for continuing to embrace harmful things.
Just look at what has happened with Nick Cooney, Wayne Pacelle, and Paul Shapiro -- all leaders in the animal advocacy movement. Those who get the big picture of harms here -- were not surprised at all to see these men accused of misusing their positions in ways that harmed women -- because their advocacy on behalf of animals was similarly playing into and perpetuating harms there too...and yet Singer's perspective would have more of us work on Wall Street, and then donate as much as we could to keep people like Pacelle, Shapiro and Cooney empowered.
Harmful actions must ALWAYS be challenged -- no matter how much good an organization or individual is also doing. The ends does NOT justify the means. If we want to create a peaceful and just society, we will not get there by using non-peaceful unjust methods. We must BE the change. Consider...if Donald Trump gave away half his assets to help poor people....would that mean we should give him a free pass on sexually assaulting women?
This essay speaks a bit more to this:

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

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.

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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