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Lucius Caviola

Lucius Caviola

Lucius Caviola

BSc, MSc (Oxon)

Social Behaviour & Ethics (Faber Lab)

My research focuses on questions at the intersection of psychology and moral philosophy. In particular, I am interested in topics related to effective altruism and try to tackle them from a psychological angle. Currently, I focus on the following three topics:


Each year more than 400 billions dollars are donated to charity alone in the US. Yet, when people donate, they often give to charities that are not particularly cost-effective. Why is this? Is it that people don’t want to give effectively or is it that they don’t know how to give effectively? In my research I aim to find the psychological obstacles to effective giving.


Most people care about animals. At the same time, each year we kill more than 60 billion animals for food and other purposes. Philosophers have termed our paradoxical treatment of animals speciesism—discrimination based on species membership. In my research I investigate this phenomenon, its underlying psychological factors and related behaviour.


The 21st century is likely to see growing risks of human extinction, but currently, relatively small resources are invested in reducing these risks. Does this mean that people don’t consider it morally bad if humanity went extinct? In my research, together with my collaborator Dr Stefan Schubert, I am trying to understand how people think about this and related questions.

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