What is the Most Helpful Categorical Breakdown of Normative Ethics?

In general, I've seen philosophers "bucket" normative ethics into 3 primary categories: Virtue Ethics: Emphasize moral character Deontology: Emphasizes duties or rules Consequentialism: Emphasizes the consequences of actions See here or here . However, I would prefer to combine virtue ethics and deontology to create a binary distinction: Means: Virtue Ethics and Deontology Ends:... Read More

CEA on community building, representativeness, and the EA Summit

( This post was written by Kerry Vaughan and Larissa Hesketh-Rowe with contributions from other members of the CEA staff) There has been discussion recently about how to approach building the EA community, in light of last weekend’s EA Summit and this post on problems with EA representativeness and how... Read More

Request for input on multiverse-wide superrationality (MSR)

I am currently working on a research project as part of CEA’s summer research fellowship. I am building a simple model of so-called “ multiverse-wide cooperation via superrationality ” (MSR). The model should incorporate the most relevant uncertainties for determining possible gains from trade. To be able to make this model maximally... Read More

Fisher & Syed on Tradable Obligations to Enhance Health

Prefatory Note The purpose of this post is to inform readers of a global health policy proposal that I suspect many will find exciting. Since the original text is freely available, I only briefly describe it here so readers can quickly ascertain whether it interests them. Fisher & Syed on... Read More

The Ethics of Giving Part Three: Jeff McMahan on Whether One May Donate to an Ineffective Charity

A review and critique of the second section of the volume The Ethics of Giving: Philosophers' Perspectives on Philanthropy , edited by Paul Woodruff, with an emphasis on issues relevant to the decision making of Effective Altruists. Jeff McMahan writes about whether or not it is permissible to donate to... Read More

Are men more likely to attend EA London events? Attendance data, 2016-2018.

Summary Using EA London attendance data, David Nash and I found that women* are just as likely to attend one EA event as men. However, women are less likely to return to future EA events. Women and men are about equally likely to attend most learning-focused events, like talks and... Read More

Local Community Building Funnel and Activities - EA Geneva

  1. Intro This is the first post in a series on EA Geneva’s community building efforts. Links will be added with the publication of the other posts. Community building tactics (activities and engagement) Community building strategy (concepts and considerations) Measuring impact (goals and metrics) Organisational structure (decision-making and coordination)... Read More

Announcing WASR's Grants Competition

  [Cross-posting from the Wild-Animal Suffering Research (WASR) project - original post available here ] --- Our Focus The WASR project has two main research goals : To better understand wild-animal suffering; and To identify viable policies to reduce this suffering. Our research plan focuses on a variety of areas... Read More

Students for High-Impact Charity: 2018 Update

By Baxter Bullock, Catherine Low, David Moss and Tee Barnett Contents Summary Our Current Strategy Summary and Interpretation of Workshop Data Outreach Data Quantitative Survey Data Qualitative Results Conclusion Plans for Autumn 2018 and Beyond The following post details SHIC’s 2018 strategic shift, evidence gathered, and future plans. You can... Read More

Fish used as live bait by recreational fishermen

Summary Baitfish are small fish that are sold to recreational fishermen, who usually impale them on a hook and use them as live bait for bigger fish. In this article, I discuss why I think that lobbying for stricter baitfish regulations in the U.S. can be an effective intervention.  ... Read More

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