Thursday 10 October 18:00 - 21:00

265 Strand, Holborn
Clement House, LSE

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The Ethics of the Next Billion Years - Prof. Will MacAskill


NOTE: If you are not an LSE student or faculty member, then to attend the event, you will be required to register on Eventbrite with your full name, and please also bring a valid ID.

On Thursday, October 10th at 6:00pm, LSESU Effective Altruism and KCLSU Effective Altruism are privileged to host Will MacAskill, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and co-founder of the Effective Altruism movement, for a talk on The Ethics of the Next Billion Years.

The Ethics of The Next Billion Years

Society is currently taking actions whose impact goes far beyond the present generation. These impacts are vast in scale because they affect so many people, with future people outnumbering us by thousands to one. Yet those future generations have little representation in the world today. They can’t bargain with us. They don’t get a vote. 

In this talk, Professor Will MacAskill argues that our impact on future generations is the most important moral consideration in the world today.  He introduces the philosophy of longtermism, which is concerned with ensuring that long-run outcomes go as well as possible, and discusses the ways in which we can benefit future generations, including by changing political incentives, guiding the development of new technology, and reducing the risk of human extinction. He discusses crucial considerations to help you work out what strategy to pursue, and gives advice on how you can choose a career to maximise your positive impact on the long run.


  • 6:00-6:30pm: Event check-in with light refreshments

  • 6:30-7:30pm: Will MacAskill on The Ethics of the Next Billion Years + Audience Q&A

  • 7:30-9:00pm: Social with light refreshments

The event will take place in conference room CLM.5.02 of Clement House, LSE. When you arrive, please inform the reception that you are here for the Effective Altruism event.


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