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Why you must give most of your money to charity (and how it would save hundreds of lives).

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Giving to charity is generally viewed as supererogatory: although it is a good thing to give, it is not immoral not to give. This talk will argue that this view is mistaken by the lights of any plausible ethical theory: given that our money could save many lives, and that most of us can make do on a fraction of our income and still have fairly good lives, we go badly wrong if we fail to give all money above this ‘decent minimum’ to charity. To sugar the pill, I will delve into a bit of welfare economics to show that, providing one gives to the best charitable causes, one’s lifetime giving will save on the order of hundreds or thousands of lives, and it may make you happier too.

This talk is part of the Caius MCR/SCR research talks series.

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