Practical Ethics

Practical Ethics

Many members of the fight against global poverty have found inspiration in Peter Singer's work on the topic. Now Peter will be teaching a free online course titled “Practical Ethics“, and we hope you'll choose to enroll.

This class will be hosted on Coursera, and will encourage you to examine your ethical beliefs on topics relevant to the ancient question posed by Socrates: “How am I to live?”

Practical Ethics contains sections on global poverty and effective altruism (including an appearance by The Life You Can Save), but the course will explore ethical questions touching all areas of our lives. Topics will include animal rights, abortion, climate change, end of life decisions, and the moral status of embryos and fetuses. You'll have the chance to learn about these issues from expert guest speakers, and share your thoughts and ideas with over ten thousand students from around the world.

The class begins on March 1st, and we hope you'll be a part of it!

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Charles Bresler

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for treating anxiety & stress disorders. He was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. He stepped down in order to fulfil his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, especially wealth inequality. In 2013, Charlie became volunteer Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped TLYCS’s Founder, Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up. Charlie lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Diana, a family physician, who partners in supporting The Life You Can Save. He welcomes discussion and questions at

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The views expressed in blog posts are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Peter Singer or The Life You Can Save.