Larry Temkin on Peter Singer, Effective Altruism, and Aiding the Needy
Is rescuing a child drowning in a shallow pond really the same as donating money to effective aid organisations? Is it okay to spend large amounts of money on ‘dramatic rescues’? Does donating money to poor countries with corrupt regimes do more harm than good? Is the approach of Effective Altruism too narrow? Professor Larry Temkin (Rutgers) casts serious doubts on views that have been widely accepted for decades.
The Practical Ethics Video Series makes the most important and complex debates in practical ethics accessible to a wide audience through brief interviews with high profile philosophers in Oxford. In the series, Katrien Devolder interviews Carissa Véliz, Thomas Douglas, Dominic Wilkinson, Walter Sinnott Armstrong, Jeff McMahan and others on topics such as conscientious objection in medicine, war, privacy, neurointerventions, moral AI.