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

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


23 May 2017 – Sessions in Upper College Hall

9.00 Hilary Greaves (Oxford) TBA
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 and Creating People

24 May 2017 – Sessions in Upper College Hall

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) TBA
11.15 Coffee Break
11.30 Sophie Hermanns (Harvard) & Scott Weathers (Harvard) Of ancient grudges and star-cross’d lovers: Difference and convergence between Effective Altruism and Social Justice
12.15 Eden Lin (Ohio State) Effective Altruism and American Electoral Politics
13.00 Lunch Break
13.45 Ketan Ramakrishnan (NYU) Property Rights and Duties of Aid
14.30 Judith Lichtenberg (Georgetown) Effective Altruism: A Critique
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 Upper College Hall

9.00 Adam Etinson (St Andrews) TBA
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) TBA
14.30 Michelle Hutchinson (Centre for Effective Altruism) TBA
15.15 Giving Game

Attending the Conference

As seats are limited, we require all potential attendees to send us an expression of interest in attending (at by 14 April 2017. We will then confirm no later than 21 April 2017 whether you have a reserved seat at the conference. We regret that we have no remaining funding for travel assistance. Moreover, a reserved seat at the conference does not on its own guarantee a reserved seat at the Singer lecture, which is a ticketed event.


Theron Pummer is the main organiser (; for administrative questions, please contact Laura Newman (


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.