Examining Effective Altruism as a Moral Guide to Alleviating Human Suffering
Abebrese, Emmanuel L.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
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Emmanuel L. Abebrese is a member of the Class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT RESTRICTED TO WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY LOGIN]The individualistic nature of the effective altruism approach limits its capacity to adequately address needless human suffering caused by poverty. Its extreme position argues that one’s personal choices on consumption and career path should produce the most good to the poor up until the point where they begin to cause personal harm. This is unnecessary. Rather, I argue that the collective action of individuals who realize, and accept their moral obligation to help the poor, can unite their comparative advantages in doing so to satisfy this obligation without making excessively demanding sacrifices.