Ethicist Peter Singer explains why philanthropy by tech founders should never be a guilty pleasure on the StartGiving podcast

- November 7, 2023 < 1 MIN READ
Peter Singer
Peter Singer
The StartGiving podcast, providing tech founders with inspiration and insights to start or scale their charitable giving journey, welcomed world renowned moral philosopher and bioethicist Peter Singer as its latest guest. 

Singer’s writings have been foundational to both the effective altruism and the modern animal rights movements.

He founded the not-for-profit The Life You Can Save to help spread his ideas about effective giving and generate more support for effective charities.

Along with Bill Gates, Singer sits on the StartGiving advisory board.

He also teaches at Princeton University, and has authored and edited more than 50 books, including the seminal works The Life You Can Save; How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty and Animal Liberation

Chatting with host Daniel Petre, this episode tackles what it means for tech founders to live an ethical life, the emergence of a new norm of generosity in people who have acquired wealth relatively quickly and the pleasure of giving, especially when it’s done effectively.

“I want to say that [giving] is not a guilty pleasure. That it is an extremely praiseworthy pleasure,” Singer told Petre on the podcast.

“We want more people who will get pleasure from giving, because in that way, giving will become a normal thing to do. It won’t be seen as something weird or self-denying. It will be seen as a great way of adding meaning to your life.” 

You can catch Peter Singer’s episode of the StartGiving podcast and vodcast on the StartGiving website, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Here’s a snippet of the two talking about the pleasure of giving.


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