Suffer­ing-fo­cused ethics

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Suffering-focused ethics is a family of views in normative ethics that assign primary moral importance to the alleviation of suffering. Negative utilitarianism is one example of a suffering-focused ethical view, though other views in this family also assign intrinsic value to things besides suffering, including positive hedonic states as well as non-hedonic states.


Aird, Michael (2020) Collection of evidence about views on longtermism, time discounting, population ethics, significance of suffering vs happiness, etc. among non-EAs, Effective Altruism Forum, May 10.
Many additional resources with some relevance to this topic.

Gloor, Lukas (2016) The case for suffering-focused ethics, Center on Long-Term Risk, August 26.

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EA read­ing list: suffer­ing-fo­cused ethics

richard_ngo3 Aug 2020 9:40 UTC
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3 comments1 min readEA link

Cause pri­ori­ti­za­tion for down­side-fo­cused value systems

Lukas_Gloor31 Jan 2018 14:47 UTC
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9 comments47 min readEA link

New book — “Suffer­ing-Fo­cused Ethics: Defense and Im­pli­ca­tions”

MagnusVinding31 May 2020 9:27 UTC
94 points
19 comments3 min readEA link

My per­sonal cruxes for fo­cus­ing on ex­is­ten­tial risks /​ longter­mism /​ any­thing other than just video games

MichaelA13 Apr 2021 5:50 UTC
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Pos­i­tive roles of life and ex­pe­rience in suffer­ing-fo­cused ethics

Teo Ajantaival22 May 2021 16:05 UTC
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1 comment24 min readEA link

some con­cerns with clas­si­cal utilitarianism

nil14 Nov 2020 9:29 UTC
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S-risk FAQ

Tobias_Baumann18 Sep 2017 8:05 UTC
26 points
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AMA: To­bias Bau­mann, Cen­ter for Re­duc­ing Suffering

Tobias_Baumann6 Sep 2020 10:45 UTC
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Re­duc­ing long-term risks from malev­olent actors

David_Althaus29 Apr 2020 8:55 UTC
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Defend­ing the Pro­cre­ation Asym­me­try with Con­di­tional Interests

MichaelStJules13 Oct 2019 18:49 UTC
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Con­di­tional in­ter­ests, asym­me­tries and EA priorities

MichaelStJules21 Oct 2019 6:13 UTC
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Ex ante pri­ori­tar­i­anism and nega­tive-lean­ing util­i­tar­i­anism do not over­ride in­di­vi­d­ual interests

MichaelStJules4 Jul 2019 23:56 UTC
10 points
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Kar­da­shev for Kindness

Mary Stowers11 Jun 2021 22:22 UTC
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Ex­plor­ing a Log­a­r­ith­mic Tol­er­ance of Suffering

David Reber12 Apr 2021 1:39 UTC
8 points
3 comments2 min readEA link

How can we re­duce s-risks?

Tobias_Baumann29 Jan 2021 15:46 UTC
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