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Will MacAskill

Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University

Will is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford, and notable figure within the effective altruism movement. MacAskill is the co-founder and president of 80,000 Hours, the co-founder of The Centre for Effective Altruism, the co-founder of Giving What We Can, and the author of Doing Good Better.

Will's research focuses on two topics. First, on how one ought to make decisions under normative uncertainty: for instance, uncertainty about the relative value of current and future people. Second, effective altruism, the subject of his book Doing Good Better. Will has published in Ethics, Mind, and The Journal of Philosophy, as well as The Guardian, Time, and the The New Yorker. Hear more about his research in the following interview:

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The three non-profits Will has co-founded are based on effective altruist principles. 80,000 Hours provides advice on ethical careers. The Centre for Effective Altruism supports the effective altruism community, and Giving What We Can has encouraged over 3,500 people to pledge $1.5bn to effective charities.

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