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Embracing the other : philosophical, psychological, and historical perspectives on altruism

Author: Pearl M Oliner
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Conference publication : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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All but buried for most of the twentieth century, the concept of altruism has reemerged in this last quarter as a focus of intense scholarly inquiry and general public interest. In the wake of increased consciousness of the human potential for destructiveness, both scholars and the general public are seeking interventions that will not only inhibit the process, but may in fact chart a new creative path toward a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Congresses
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Material Type: Conference publication, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pearl M Oliner
ISBN: 0814761755 9780814761755
OCLC Number: 26131977
Notes: Papers presented at the conference, Theoretical and social implications of rescuing people in extreme situations: another look at altruism, held in Radziejowice, Poland, in June 1989.
Description: xiii, 460 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Empathy and protest : two roots of heroic altruism / Krzysztof Konarzewski --
Altruism and the moral value of rescue : resisting persecution, racism, and genocide / Lawrence A. Blum --
Rescue, righteousness, and morality / Victor J. Seidler --
Altruism and human nature : resolving the evolutionary paradox / Ian Vine --
Altruism and the evolution of civil society / Ronald Cohen --
The development of altruistic personality / Dennis L. Krebs and Frank Van Hesteren --
The self in moral agency : toward a theoretical model of the ideal altruistic personality / Frank Van Hesteren --
Self, we, and other(s) : schemata, distinctiveness, and altruism / Maria Jarymowicz --
Motivations of people who helped Jews survive the Nazi occupation / M. Zuzanna Smolenska and Janusz Reykowski --
Predicting prosocial commitment in different social contexts / Leo Montada. Helping in late life / Elizabeth Midlarsky --
The question of altruism during the Armenian genocide of 1915 / Richard G. Hovannisian --
The Dutchness of Dutch resources : the national dimension of altruism / Lawrence Baron --
The role of Polish nuns in the rescue of Jews, 1939-1945 / Ewa Kurek-Lesik --
Political altruism : a case study / Rachel Hertz-Lazarowitz --
Promoting extensive altruistic bonds : a conceptual elaboration and some pragmatic implications / Pearl M. Oliner and Samuel P. Oliner --
The origins of caring, helping and nonaggression : parental socialization, the family system, schools, and cultural influence / Ervin Staub --
Altruism among alcoholics / Daniel M. Boland --
Altruism and extensivity in the Bahá'í religion / Wendy M. Heller and Hoda Mahmoudi --
Altruism in the socialist world / Wiktor Osiatynski.
Responsibility: edited by Pearl M. Oliner [and others].
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"Intelligently addresses several of the most important unresolved issues and controversies about altruism." --The Journal of Politics

 
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