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Effective Altruism

Effective altruism is built on the simple but unsettling idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the most good one can. In this course you will examine this idea's philosophical underpinnings; meet remarkable people who have restructured their lives in accordance with it; and think about how effective altruism can be put into practice in your own life. All the features of this course are available for free. It does not offer a certificate upon completion.
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Rating 4.5 based on 76 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 10-15 hours of videos, graded quizzes, and reflective assignment
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $0
From Princeton University via Coursera
Instructor Peter Singer
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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effective altruism

Thought provoking and persuasive, this course is both an excellent introduction to the study of ethics and to the growing movement striving for a better world - effective altruism.

The result is not only to get more knowledge about effective altruism but to have the chance of changing our lives.

The course a very good start, with interesting information on how to make ethical decisions.. however it never provides a clear conclusion to the topic and it moves to the charity topic, focusing entirely on the efficiency and reasons to give money to charities, without discussing further the principle of charities to begin with.Effective Altruism is much bigger than just charity works, therefore i am not pleased with the program's agenda and emphasis on charities.

I understand that it is called effective altruism, and not simply ethics, but I do believe that convincing me of your philosophy does necessitate both a more careful rejection of the others, as well as developing all of the arguments in sufficient detail.

Effective altruism goes beyond the personal satisfaction of doing good and feeling good about what I can achieve, Eastern philosophy teaches us that it produces twice the joy of giving than what produces receiving.

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peter singer

In the quest to live an evermore ethical life, Peter Singer helps to bring light to the issues at hand in an accessible way.

exelente curso, muy completo, Peter Singer explica muy bien, los temas interesantísimos I could listen to Professor Singer all day.

It's been a great experience to now deep this amazing Peter Singer's proposal.

Hurrah for Peter Singer and Princeton offering this course to the world!

This course is excellent, especially for those wanting to understand the basics to ethics and Peter Singer’s (and others) thinking.

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think about

Having said that, one does come away with more motivation to think about and to act more altruistically as the occasions present themselves.

This was a great course and it helped me think about a lot of things regarding altruism and human nature.

It makes you think about what might be the right thing for you to do.

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guest speakers

The course brought together a good number of strong and important ideas, well backed by research and with very interesting and relevant guest speakers.

One can actually see the high regard that his guest speakers have for him and his guests are always interesting and sometimes even fascinating.

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help others

nice a very nice course it tells you that altruism can help you live a happy life and help others I really enjoyed the course and it went beyond my expectations.

That is this course insists one must give up the maximum part of ones income to 'charities' who will do the job to help others for you.

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rather than

The issues learned are important, but I was expecting more ethics and philosophical issues, rather than presenting people and charities, it seemed more like advertising certain charities.

This course would be better in a session-based system, and with more theoretical issues rather than just talks.

prof. singer

This was actually a reason why I left the course early on, but then decided to re-enroll -- to let Prof. Singer have a chance at presenting his own argument in a more complete manner.The course is necessary.

I agree with Prof. Singer's observation that consumerism has insufficient meaning for many, and that by trying to live more ethically, we can give meaning to, or discover meaning in our own lives.I could not justify giving any fewer than four stars because clearly the course content is above average.

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Rating 4.5 based on 76 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 10-15 hours of videos, graded quizzes, and reflective assignment
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $0
From Princeton University via Coursera
Instructor Peter Singer
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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