Announcing the Effective Altruism Handbook, 2nd edition

To­day CEA is re­leas­ing the sec­ond edi­tion of our Effec­tive Altru­ism Hand­book.

You can get the pdf ver­sion here, and we also have epub/​mobi ver­sions for peo­ple who pre­fer e-read­ers.

What is CEA’s EA Hand­book?

It’s an in­tro­duc­tion to some of the core con­cepts in effec­tive al­tru­ism.

If you’re new to effec­tive al­tru­ism, it should give you an overview of the key ideas and prob­lems that we’ve found so far. But if you have already en­gaged with effec­tive al­tru­ism, there should be some new in­sights amongst the fa­mil­iar ideas.

The pieces are a mix of es­says and adap­ta­tions of con­fer­ence talks. We’ve tried to put them in an or­der that makes sense. To­gether we think they cover some of the key ideas in the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity.

Why a new edi­tion?

The first edi­tion of CEA’s EA Hand­book is now 3 years old. As a com­mu­nity, we’ve changed a lot in those three years, and learnt a lot. In fact, com­par­ing the new hand­book with the old is a good way to get a sense of just how much in­tel­lec­tual progress we’ve made.

After con­sult­ing with Ryan Carey, the ed­i­tor of the old hand­book, we agreed it was time for some­thing new, and for a slightly more pol­ished de­sign. Ste­fan Schu­bert and I com­piled a list of talks and ar­ti­cles, and the au­thors were gra­cious enough to give us per­mis­sion. With the help of a small army of tran­scribers and copy-ed­i­tors, and Laura Po­mar­ius’ de­sign skills, we brought it to­gether.

What next?

We hope that this be­comes a refer­ence point for peo­ple who are new to effec­tive al­tru­ism, and a sum­mary that lo­cal groups can share with their mem­bers.

We are not cur­rently plan­ning to make a phys­i­cal ver­sion of CEA’s EA Hand­book: we think that the ar­ti­cles and de­sign are high qual­ity for an on­line pdf. How­ever, we worry that it might dam­age the brand of effec­tive al­tru­ism to dis­tribute or sell phys­i­cal copies of a re­source which re­mains only a col­lec­tion of ar­ti­cles and talks, rather than a pol­ished book.

We’d wel­come feed­back on any as­pect of the new edi­tion.

Here are the links again if you want to get read­ing or shar­ing:

[Edited the body of the post to re­flect changes made to the con­tents on 23 May 2018, and change links.]