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Princeton University

Effective Altruism

Princeton University via Coursera


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.

Taught by

Peter Singer


4.5 rating, based on 12 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I took this course to suppliment Professor Paul Bloom's course "Moralities of Everyday Life." That was an entertaining course, and Professor Bloom spoke of Peter Singer as having a massive influence on his ideas, so I chose to check this one out to…
  • Anonymous
    i like this course. it is fun. makes you ponder, starts off a bit tedious, and then ends pretty cool and simplified. i think its effective in getting people to give if they earn. like that he utilizes the people who have taken his course, read his b…
  • Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I tend to like courses that do the recordings for the course anew more, since recording existing lectures seems a bit lazy. However, these lectures were interesting, but sometimes it was difficult to hear audience questions. There are no assignments…
  • Helena Mcmullin

    Helena Mcmullin completed this course.

    This course is a wonderfully concise exploration of key considerations in ethics, and how taking an ethical approach to life may or may not serve you, depending on your personal point of view. In a time of individuality and self-interest, this is a…
  • Elizabeth Simmons

    Elizabeth Simmons completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is essential for personal development and for anyone wanting a practical understanding of ethical philosophy. I took this course initially for academic reasons. However, the thought-provoking material of this course cannot help but move you personally. It is a course I will be contemplating for a lifetime to come.
  • Anonymous
    I was highly impressed by Professor Singer's way of treating the complex subject. His course is very informative and due to the practical exemples he uses, it's easier to understand theories. It was a real pleasure listening to him.

    Also great: the guests he invited to the classes and who showed various possibilities of how to live effective altruism.

    The class also initiates me to re-think about my own attitude when I donate. And also to get more information about the way organizations work and what's their aim.

    I highly recommend the course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    nice a very nice course it tells you that altruism can help you live a happy life and help others
  • I loved this course. I felt so helpless and insignificant in the face of the problems facing humanity. As a result of doing this course, I feel that I have received the advice and gained the knowledge that will enable me to take the right decisions and make a difference.
  • Esma Sert
    I really enjoyed in this course. These all theories and ideas are extremely informing and enlightening about the ethical rules and life itself.
  • Cuneyt Anadolu

    Cuneyt Anadolu completed this course.

  • Peter Hartree

    Peter Hartree completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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