What We Owe The Future: A Million-Year View (Paperback)William MacAskill (author)
In this optimistic, grounded and highly readable book, one of the giants of contemporary philosophy delivers a visionary, persuasive argument for longtermism – and the idea that the key moral priority of our time is to try and positively influence the distant future.
In What We Owe The Future, philosopher William MacAskill persuasively argues for longtermism, the idea that positively influencing the distant future is a moral priority of our time. It isn't enough to mitigate climate change or avert the next pandemic.
We must ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed; cultivate value pluralism; and prepare for a planet where the most sophisticated beings are digital and not human.
The challenges we face are enormous. But so is the influence we have.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'A brilliant book that makes clear both how much is at stake when it comes to the long term, and the incredible opportunities we have to shape it. It has changed how I think about my time on earth.' - Max Roser
'MacAskill's case for "longtermism" - "the idea that positively influencing the longterm future is a key moral priority of our time" - is overwhelmingly persuasive. But it's also unapologetically optimistic and bracingly realistic: this is by some distance the most inspiring book on "ethical living" I've ever read... a powerful argument in favour of freedom of speech and viewpoint diversity... The overall promise of this thrilling book is of a life both less burdened by ethical guilt - by beating yourself up over every choice of groceries or transportation - and much more effective at actually helping humanity.' - The Guardian
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