Effective Altruism: The Best Introductory Resources

This page features a collection of the best resources on effective altruism. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on effective altruism. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about it.

To get started, simply choose one of the links below:

If you want a overview of effective altruism:

“Most of us want to make a difference. We see suffering, injustice and death, and are moved to do something about them. But working out what that ‘something’ is, let alone actually doing it, is a difficult problem. It would be easy to be disheartened by the challenge.

Effective altruism is a response to this challenge. It is a research field which uses high-quality evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to help others as much as possible. It is also a community of people taking these answers seriously, by focusing their efforts on the most promising solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. . . .”

If you’d prefer a video introduction:

If you prefer audio and podcasts:

If you’d like to read a short work of philosophy:

Unfortunately, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Effective Altruism

For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.