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The Most Good You Can Do

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

Peter Singer

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.


ABC News Breakfast
774 ABC Melbourne’s The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine
‘Doing Good’: Listen to Peter speaking at the Sydney Opera House
2016 Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival


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Peter Singer
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 The Life You Can Save. His most recent book is The Most Good You Can Do. Singer was born in Australia. He divides his...

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Praise for Peter Singer
andThe Most Good You Can Do

‘Peter Singer’s status as a man of principles and towering intellect—a philosopher extraordinaire, if you will—is unrivalled in Australia.’

‘Peter Singer is a public intellectual par excellence.‘

‘Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.’

‘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.’

‘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 Do is an optimistic and compelling look at the positive impact that giving can have on the world.’

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

The Most Good You Can Do is an optimistic and persuasive look at the positive impact that giving can have on the world.‘

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  • The Most Good You Can Do
    ISBN: 9781925095623
    25 March 2015
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