Effective Altruism Handbook: Motivation Series

The EA Handbook introduces readers to effective altruism by presenting summaries of key concepts and sharing classic articles from a variety of authors.

This first collection of posts explores some of the ideas that motivate people to do as much good as they can, and how they apply across the causes and concerns of the EA movement.

You can learn more about the project and its goals here.

The Handbook is a work in progress, and we’d love to hear your feedback! You can leave questions and comments on the posts, or submit your thoughts through our feedback form. (The form is a bit more helpful, since we’ve used it to ask specific questions.)

If you’re new to effective altruism, you might also enjoy:

In­tro­duc­tion to Effec­tive Altruism

Why effec­tive al­tru­ism?

The Drown­ing Child and the Ex­pand­ing Circle

On Caring

Rad­i­cal Empathy

Helping those who need it

500 Million, But Not A Sin­gle One More

The world is much bet­ter. The world is awful. The world can be much bet­ter.

Im­prov­ing the world

Do­ing Good Bet­ter: On effec­tive and in­effec­tive altruism

On “fringe” ideas

Ev­i­dence and reasoning

Ex­cited altruism

Ex­cite­ment, hope, and fulfillment

You have more than one goal, and that’s fine

Find­ing a balance