Conference on The Ethics of Giving

The Ethics of Giving Conference
University of St Andrews
23 – 25 May 2017

23 May 2017 – Sessions in School III, St Salvator’s Quad

8.55 Welcome

9.00 Adam Etinson (St Andrews) On Falling Short
9.45 Travis Timmerman (SHU) Effective Altruists: Actualists or Possibilists?
10.30 Joe Slater (St Andrews) Effective Altruism and its Philosophical Foundations (Or Lack Thereof)

11.15 Coffee Break

11.30 Christian Barry (ANU) On Satisfying Duties to Assist
12.15 Amanda Askell (NYU) & Tyler John (Rutgers) Moral Offsetting

13.00 Lunch Break

13.45 Amy Berg (UNC) Beneficence and Partial Compliance
14.30 Michael Bukoski (Dartmouth) Moral Uncertainty and Moral Demandingness

15.15 Coffee Break

15.30 Brian McElwee (Southampton) Affluence and Blame
16.15 Joseph Carlsmith (NYU) Helping People, Creating People and Shaping the Far Future

24 May 2017 – Sessions in School III, St Salvator’s Quad

9.00 Rhys Southan (Oxford) Effective Altruism and the Contradiction in Willing
9.45 Leonie Smith (Manchester) Individual charitable giving as a part of the negative duty not to harm, in the case of global poverty
10.30 Elizabeth Ashford (St Andrews) Effective Altruism and Global Justice

11.15 Coffee Break

11.30 Judith Lichtenberg (Georgetown) Effective Altruism: A Critique
12.15 Eden Lin (Ohio State) Effective Altruism and American Electoral Politics

13.00 Lunch Break

13.45 Hilary Greaves (Oxford) The Collectivist Critique of Effective Altruism
14.30 Sophie Hermanns (Harvard) & Scott Weathers (Harvard) Of ancient grudges and star-cross’d lovers: Difference and convergence between Effective Altruism and Social Justice

15.15 Coffee Break

24 May 2017 – Keynote Lecture in the Buchanan Lecture Theatre

16.00 Peter Singer (Princeton/Melbourne) Book Signing
17.15 Peter Singer (Princeton/Melbourne) 2017 Knox Lecture: Living Ethically in the 21st Century

25 May 2017 – Sessions in School III, St Salvator’s Quad

9.00 Ketan Ramakrishnan (NYU) Acting Wrongly Beyond the Call of Duty
9.45 Ben Bramble (Trinity College Dublin) Effective Altruism and Our Reasons to Give
10.30 L.A. Paul (UNC) and Jeff Sebo (UNC) Effective Altruism and Transformative Values

11.15 Coffee Break

11.30 Ben Sachs (St Andrews) Effective Exhorting
12.15 Tobias Jung (St Andrews) Concerns about effective altruism: a view from the philanthropy research field

13.00 Lunch Break

13.45 Alan Fenwick (Schistosomiasis Control Initiative) Improving the health and quality of life by treating parasitic diseases in Africa
14.30 Michelle Hutchinson (Centre for Effective Altruism) Effective Altruism and Academia: The Big Picture

15.15 Giving Game – approximately one hour (thanks to the organisation The Life You Can Save, £10 per participant will go to an effective charity)


Theron Pummer is the main organiser ([email protected]).


For generous funding and support, we are grateful to the Mind Association, the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Scots Philosophical Association, the JN Wright Trust, the Giving What We Can chapter at the University of St Andrews, the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, and the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews.