Oxford philosopher pledges 1/3 of his salary to charity

| 19/11/2009

(Guardian): As far as I can tell, Toby Ord is not wearing a hair shirt under his nice overcoat. But then he isn’t as worthy as I expected. A moral philosopher, Ord has pledged a third of his £30,000 salary as a research associate at Oxford University this year to charity, and will give away 10% for the rest of his working life. "I worked out my total future earnings would be around £1.5m," he says, as we sit on a bench under a horse chestnut tree. "I worked out how much I would need to live on and I realised I could give away £1m without missing out." He wants you to join him.

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