Magnus Vinding

Biography

Magnus Vinding is the author of Why We Should Go Vegan, Speciesism: Why It Is Wrong and the Implications of Rejecting It, Reflections on Intelligence, You Are Them, and Effective Altruism: How Can We Best Help Others?

He is blogging at: magnusvinding.com

Where to find Magnus Vinding online


Books

In Defense of Nuance
Price: Free! Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Current affairs
We appear to find ourselves in a crisis of polarization and failed communication. What can we do about it? This essay argues that we should all strive to follow certain virtues. Simply put, we should strive to be more charitable toward our adversaries, and aspire for more nuanced and balanced perspectives.
Effective Altruism: How Can We Best Help Others?
Price: Free! Words: 40,780. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This book is part introduction to, part reflective examination of, the idea and ideal of effective altruism. Its aim is to examine the question: how can we best help others? A question that in turn forces us to contemplate what helping others, effectively or otherwise, really entails. Here the book argues that the greatest help we can provide is to reduce extreme suffering for all sentient beings.
The Nature of Mathematics Given Physicalism
Price: Free! Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Mathematics
This project aims to explore whether and in what way mathematics can be accommodated within the physical world. It is concluded that it seems possible to accommodate mathematics within a physicalist ontology and, more than that, that a physicalist account of the nature of mathematics indeed seems most plausible all things considered. This has intriguing implications for the nature of mathematics.
You Are Them
Price: Free! Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
What follows if we reject belief in any kind of non-physical soul and instead fully embrace what we know about the world? The main implication, this book argues, is a naturalization of personal identity and ethics. A radically different way of thinking about ourself. “Magnus Vinding's best book to date. Highly recommended.” — David Pearce, author of 'The Hedonistic Imperative'.
What Should We Do?: Essays on Cause Prioritization and Fundamental Values
Price: Free! Words: 10,810. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This collection of essays aims to provide a rough framework for how we can think about cause prioritization, and provides suggestions concerning important causes and questions we should focus on and explore further.
Induction Is All We Got: Essays on Epistemology
Price: Free! Words: 7,730. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
'Induction Is All We Got' is a collection of short essays on epistemology that deals mostly with the problem of induction, particularly what the status of induction is. Controversially, it argues that induction underlies all our beliefs.
Reflections on Intelligence
Price: Free! Words: 19,650. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Software development & engineering / general
A lot of people are talking about “superintelligent AI” these days. But what are they talking about? Indeed, what is “intelligence” in the first place? This question is often left unanswered in discussions about the perils and promises of AI, an omission from which much confusion follows. More clarity and skepticism about this term “intelligence” is desperately needed. Hence this book.
The Speciesism of Leaving Nature Alone, and the Theoretical Case for “Wildlife Anti-Natalism”
Price: Free! Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
Discriminating against individuals based on their species membership is no more justified than discriminating against individuals based on their race or gender. In other words, speciesism must be rejected. From this simple starting point, the indefensibility of refusing to help non-human beings in nature follows quite directly.
Anti-Natalism and the Future of Suffering: Why Negative Utilitarians Should Not Aim For Extinction
Price: Free! Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This short essay argues against the anti-natalist position. If humanity is to minimize suffering in the future, it must engage with the world, not opt out of it.
Speciesism: Why It Is Wrong and the Implications of Rejecting It
Price: Free! Words: 27,490. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This book shows why speciesism is wrong, and examines the implications of rejecting it. By doing so, we see more than a few ways in which our behavior and attitudes should change, and change profoundly. "Magnus Vinding makes a compelling case for a moral revolution in human behaviour toward nonhuman individuals." — David Pearce, author of 'The Hedonistic Imperative'.
The Meaning of Life: An Examination of Purpose
Price: Free! Words: 25,670. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
“What is the meaning of life?” Can we answer such a monumental question with the limited knowledge we have, and does the question even have an answer in the first place? The answer to both questions is "yes." There are certain and universal answers to the question, and we can provide these answers based on what we know about the world. Or so this book argues.
Moral Truths: The Foundation of Ethics
Price: Free! Words: 46,320. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
There are moral truths. There are truths about what matters in this world, and therefore also truths about how we should act in it. And we need to realize these truths, as such a realization itself will ignite a fundamental change for the better, both in our thinking, conduct and culture altogether. A fundamental change toward higher moral ground. Or so this book argues.
Free Will: An Examination of Human Freedom
Price: Free! Words: 21,610. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Free will & determinism
Do we have free will? Not many questions can excite people more than this one, and for good reasons, as our ideas about our own freedom influence some of the most important things in our lives. The goal of this short book is to make an examination of human freedom that clarifies the most fundamental and important truths about it.
A Copernican Revolution in Ethics
Price: Free! Words: 9,430. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This book aims to answer which beings belong to the moral universe, and to examine some of the most basic ethical implications of this answer. The conclusion in short: We need to realize that humanity is not the sole object of ethics. We need a Copernican Revolution in ethics. [The book 'Speciesism: Why It Is Wrong and the Implications of Rejecting It' is an updated version of this book.]
The Simple Case for Going Vegan
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This two-part essay argues that a vegan lifestyle is implied by core human values that we all share. The first part presents a simple argument for veganism based on an ethical principle we all hold valid, while the second part argues that veganism follows directly from a rejection of unjustifiable discrimination.
Why "Happy Meat" Is Always Wrong
Price: Free! Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This essay attacks the “happy meat” position head-on. It argues that this position is morally indefensible and that it not only causes immense amounts of suffering, but also, somewhat ironically, serves as the very foundation of our abuse of non-human beings today. This reveals the moral urgency of stopping the spread of this position and of rejecting it completely.
Why We Should Go Vegan
Price: Free! Words: 18,290. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Should we go vegan? The unambiguous conclusion of this short book is "yes". This conclusion is reached through a broad examination of the consequences of our not being vegan – both in relation to human health, environmental pollution, the risk of the spread of diseases, and in relation to the beings we exploit and kill. The bottom line: We have a strong ethical obligation to go vegan.

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