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Counting Animals: On Effective Altruism and the Prospect of Interspecies Commensurability

Author/​Artist:
Wong, Kevin [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Singer, Peter A. [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Philosophy [Browse]
Certificate:
Princeton University. Program in Values and Public Life [Browse]
Class year:
2017
Summary note:
In this thesis, I develop a mechanism that permits intelligible comparisons between human and animal suffering, with specific application to the case of evaluating philanthropic effectiveness. My argument is underpinned by a mathematical formula that allows us, at least in principle, to quantify differences between animal and human suffering. Ultimately, I hope to lay the theoretical groundwork for meaningfully comparing the moral worthwhileness of animal welfare interventions against programs that target human suffering.