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What We Owe the Future (Hardcover)

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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.

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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 make wise choices today, 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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ISBN 9781541618626
Length (cm) 16.3000
Width (cm) 3.6000
Height (cm) 24.5000
Publisher Basic Books
Publication Date Aug 16, 2022
Pages (number) 352
Genre History, Politics, and Social Sciences
Author William MacAskill
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Format Hardcover
Editorial Reviews

“Touchingly optimistic… With something to ponder on every page, a bracing exhortation to do right by the people of centuries to come.” ― Kirkus

“MacAskill delivers 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

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