What We Owe the Future by William MacAskill audiobook

What We Owe the Future

By William MacAskill
Read by William MacAskill

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An Oxford philosopher makes the case for “longtermism” — that positively influencing the long-term future is a key moral priority of our time. The fate of the world is in our hands. Humanity’s written history spans only five thousand years. Our yet-unwritten future could last for millions more—or it could end tomorrow. Astonishing numbers of people could lead lives of great happiness or unimaginable suffering or never live at all, depending on what we choose to do today.   In What We Owe the Future, philosopher William MacAskill argues for longtermism, that idea that positively influencing the distant future is a key moral priority of our time. From this perspective, it’s not enough to reverse climate change or avert the next pandemic. We must ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed, counter the end of moral progress, and prepare for a planet where the smartest beings are digital, not human.   If we put humanity’s course to right, our grandchildren’s grandchildren will thrive, knowing we did everything we could to give them a world full of justice, hope, and beauty.

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Summary

An Oxford philosopher makes the case for “longtermism” — that positively influencing the long-term future is a key moral priority of our time.

The fate of the world is in our hands. Humanity’s written history spans only five thousand years. Our yet-unwritten future could last for millions more—or it could end tomorrow. Astonishing numbers of people could lead lives of great happiness or unimaginable suffering or never live at all, depending on what we choose to do today.
 
In What We Owe the Future, philosopher William MacAskill argues for longtermism, that idea that positively influencing the distant future is a key moral priority of our time. From this perspective, it’s not enough to reverse climate change or avert the next pandemic. We must ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed, counter the end of moral progress, and prepare for a planet where the smartest beings are digital, not human.
 
If we put humanity’s course to right, our grandchildren’s grandchildren will thrive, knowing we did everything we could to give them a world full of justice, hope, and beauty.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An optimistic look at the future that moved me to tears.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor
“MacAskill suggests that there are ways we can choose peace and avert the worst effects of climate change…with something to ponder on every page.” Kirkus Reviews
“A sweeping analysis of contemporary dangers that masterfully probes the intersections of technology, science, and politics, while offering fascinating glimpses into humanity’s possible futures. This urgent call to action will inspire and unnerve in equal measure.” Publishers Weekly
"There are moments when we can change outcomes easily, but if we don’t bend those curves right then, we can lock in enormous long-term damage. This fascinating book makes us think relentlessly and usefully about such pivot points; few prods could be more important.” Bill McKibben, environmentalist and New York Times bestselling author
“This is a book of great daring, clarity, insight, and imagination…simultaneously so realistic and so optimistic and always so damned readable.” Stephen Fry, actor and New York Times bestselling author
“This book will change your sense of how grand the sweep of human history could be.” Ezra Klein, host of The Ezra Klein Show

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Author Bio: William MacAskill

Author Bio: William MacAskill

William MacAskill  is an associate professor in philosophy at the University of Oxford and the most widely cited philosopher of our age. A TED speaker and named a past Forbes 30 Under 30 social entrepreneur, he also cofounded the Centre for Effective Altruism, which has raised over $1 billion for charities. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 8.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English