By Duncan Richter
I have been a bit mystified by some of the recent opposition to effective altruism. Who could be against altruism? Who is against effectiveness? This essay by Amia Srinivasan (who seems to do very interesting work) explains (at least some of) the opposition. Here's one good bit from near the end:
such notions as responsibility, kindness, dignity and moral sensitivity will have to be radically reimagined if they are to survive the scrutiny of the universal gaze. But why think this is the right way round? Perhaps it is the universal gaze that cannot withstand our ethical scrutiny.