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Peter Singer visits Fairhaven

Lighthouse Literary Fest presents Prof Peter Singer and Prof Julian Savulescue in conversation with Senator Richard Di Natale. Think outside the square and join us for a fascinating in-depth conversation with two of the world’s greatest philosophers and bioethicists, Peter Singer and Julian Savulescu Uehiro with moderator Dr Richard Di Natale. Introduced by Assoc Professor Paul Talman.

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.

In his new book, The Most Good You Can Do, 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.

We live in an affluent and peaceful country like Australia but poverty and need are there, close to us. Do we have a responsibility to help? Are we doing enough?

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