"Effective Altruism": Where Peter Singer Gets Philanthropy Wrong

October 10, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Altruism, like love, is a trait that resists quantification. Its existence can’t be reduced to a numerical value because altruism is inherently relational. When the relational aspect is removed or diminished, altruism becomes less about others and more about ourselves. Instead of being an end in itself, altruism becomes a means to an end; and that end is almost always self-focused. Peter Singer,... Read More

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Narcithropy

March 13, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


I recently heard Jim Gilmore, a friend and co-author of the best-selling book The Experience Economy, give a talk at a conference I attended. He called to the audience’s mind the clear, domed receptacles scattered about high traffic pedestrian areas (such as airports or theme parks), the kind into which a person drops a quarter and watches it go round and round in a descending spiral until it... Read More

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