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

Co-founder, Board Member

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology, Charlie Bresler 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 anxiety & stress disorders. In 1993, he was recruited by The Men’s Wearhouse, where he went on to be head of human resources, stores, marketing, and, ultimately, president. He stepped down in 2008 to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, not too long after he read Peter Singer’s book, The Life You Can Save. Catalyzed by the concept, Charlie reached out to Peter and proposed combining Peter’s theory with the formation of a nonprofit to advance Peter’s ideas and to raise money for high-impact, cost-effective organizations. Together, they founded The Life You Can Save, where Charlie took on all organizational operations as executive director until 2024. He was supported in this work and in his financial support for the organization by his wife Diana, a family physician, and executed the role pro bono.

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