How Many Lives is Notre Dame Worth?

Barely a day after the fire that damaged the famous cathedral, France’s wealthy had pledged more than $1 billion to repair it. If the rich can so easily give hundreds of millions to restore a building, they could just as easily have spent that money elsewhere in better ways.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/notre-dame-restoration-opportunity-costs-by-peter-singer-and-michael-plant-2019-05

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Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, Laureate Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and founder of the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save. His books includeAnimal LiberationPractical EthicsThe Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), Rethinking Life and DeathThe Point of View of the Universe, co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, The Most Good You Can DoFamine, Affluence, and MoralityOne World NowEthics in the Real World, and Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction, also with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. In 2013, he was named the world’s third “most influential contemporary thinker” by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

Michael Plant is a Ph.D. student in moral philosophy at the University of Oxford. His research centers on finding the best ways to improve worldwide happiness.

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