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Philosophical Critiques of Effective Altruism by Prof Jeff McMahan

Background: I'm coming at this from the point of view of someone who thinks it is probably obligatory to give a chunk of one's money to GiveWell-type effective causes, but also thinks moral impartialism is probably false and misguided, and so feels unable to self-identify as an EA.

On tone:

I think the article does a great job of pointing out the contemptuous and disrespectful tone of many EA critics, especially on the philosophical side. I've also been guilty of this.

Corresponding things that I find frustrating on the EA side are the combination of

  • the ide

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