Will MacAskill is a Scottish philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement. He is an associate professor at the University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the fundamentals of effective altruism—the use of evidence and reason to help others as much as possible with our time and money—with a particular concentration on how to act given moral uncertainty. He is director of the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research and a co-founder and president of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He also co-founded 80,000 Hours, a YCombinator-backed non-profit that provides research and advice on how you can best make a difference with your career and Giving What We Can, a global community of effective givers that is best known for ‘The Giving What We Can Pledge’ to give 10% of lifetime income to the most effective charities.
Books by Will MacAskill
Interviews with Will MacAskill
by Christopher Leslie Brown
The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
by Julia Galef
The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity
by Toby Ord
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
by Dan Gardner & Philip E Tetlock
The Life You Can Save
by Peter Singer
There is so much suffering in today’s world it’s hard to focus attention on future generations, but that’s exactly what we should be doing, says Will MacAskill, a leader of the effective altruism movement. Here, he introduces books that contributed to his thinking about the long-term future and the “silent billions” who are not yet able to speak for themselves.
Should you feel responsible for helping the world become better? And if so, how should you use your time, money, and career to have the biggest possible impact? These are the questions addressed by the effective altruism movement. One of its leading figures, Will MacAskill, recommends the best books to answer them.