The Melbourne Writers Festival kicks off for me tonight and I feel a little bit like it’s Christmas!
I’m starting off my festival experience with some philosophy, hearing Peter Singer speak on ‘Effective Altruism’ as part of the Big Ideas series.
Effective altruism is an emerging movement of people who have accepted that we ought to live more altruistically, and make our altruism as powerful as possible. Philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer will discuss the ethical issues that effective altruism raises, and introduce this developing concept by presenting the effective altruists themselves: who they are, how they live, and why they have chosen to live that way.
As controversial as he might be, Peter Singer I’m looking forward to hearing his thoughts.
I often ask myself about the complexities of altruism, especially in terms of what’s reasonable to expect of each ourselves and others, and I expect this session will be extremely enlightening.
If you’d like to know more about what I’m going to check out at the Melbourne Writers Festival, read more here…