Will MacAskill

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William MacAskill (born William Crouch,[1] 24 March 1987) is a Scottish philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement.[2][3] He is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, a researcher at the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford[4] and Director of the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research.[5]

William MacAskill
William Crouch

(1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 (age 33)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsEmmanuel College, Cambridge
Lincoln College, Oxford
Future of Humanity Institute
Giving What We Can
80,000 Hours
Doctoral advisorKrister Bykvist and John Broome
Main interests
Effective altruism

MacAskill is also the co-founder and president of 80,000 Hours,[6] the co-founder and vice-president of Giving What We Can,[7] and the co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism.[8]

He is the author of the 2015 book Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and a Radical New Way to Make a Difference.[9]

  1. MacAskill, William. "Men Should Consider Changing Their Last Names When They Get Married". The Atlantic. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. Thompson, Derek 25 The Greatest Good The Atlantic. June 2015
  3. Diver, Tony (1 March 2017). "While the papers whine about Oxbridge debauchery, student altruism gets ignored". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  4. "People". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. "Abous us". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. "Meet the Team". Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  7. "The Team". Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  8. "The history of the term 'effective altruism'". Effective Altruism Forum. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  9. William MacAskill (2015). Doing Good Better - Effective Altruism And a Radical Way to Make a Difference . Guardian Faber, Template:ISBN