Criticism of effective altruism

Criticism of effective altruism collects critical discussion of effective altruism ideas (as opposed to criticism of effective altruist organizations or causes, or the effective altruism community).

Further reading

Kuhn, Ben (2013) A critique of effective altruism, Ben Kuhn’s Blog, December 2.

McMahan, Jeff (2016) Philosophical critiques of effective altruism, The Philosophers’ Magazine, vol. 73, pp. 92–99.

Nielsen, Michael (2022) Notes on effective altruism, Michael’s Notebook, June 2.

Rowe, Abraham (2022) Critiques of EA that I want to read, Effective Altruism Forum, June 19.

Wiblin, Robert & Keiran Harris (2019) Vitalik Buterin on effective altruism, better ways to fund public goods, the blockchain’s problems so far, and how it could yet change the world, 80,000 Hours, September 3.

Zhang, Linchuan (2021) The motivated reasoning critique of effective altruism, Effective Altruism Forum, September 14.

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