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

Author: Pearl M OlinerSamuel P OlinerLawrence BaronLawrence A BlumDennis KrebsAll authors
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1992.
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All but buried for most of the twentieth century, the concept of altruism has re-emerged 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 which 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: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Embracing the other.
New York : New York University Press, ©1992
(DLC) 92019102
(OCoLC)26131977
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pearl M Oliner; Samuel P Oliner; Lawrence Baron; Lawrence A Blum; Dennis Krebs; Zuzanna Smoleńska
ISBN: 9780814762622 081476262X
OCLC Number: 859686372
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: 1 online resource (xiii, 460 pages)
Contents: Preface and introduction --
Philosophical, definitional, and conceptual issues --
Sociobiology and moral altruism --
The development and enactment of altruism --
Embracing the "outsider" --
Promoting altruistic bonds.
Responsibility: edited by Pearl M. Oliner, Samuel P. Oliner, Lawrence Baron, Lawrence A. Blum, Dennis L. Krebs, and M. Zuzanna Smolenska.

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All but buried for most of the twentieth century, the concept of altruism has re-emerged 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 which will not only inhibit the process, but may in fact chart a new creative path toward a global community. Largely initiated by a group of pioneering social psychologists, early questions on altruism centered on its motivation and development primarily in the context of contrived laboratory experiments. Although publications on the topic have been considerable over the last several years, and now represent the work of representatives from many disciplines of inquiry, this volume is distinguished from others in several ways. Embracing the Other emerged primarily as a response to recent research on an extraordinary manifestation of real-life altruism, namely to recent studies of non-Jewish rescuers of Jews during World War II. It is the work of a multi-disciplinary and international group of scholars, including philosophers, social psychologists, historians, sociologists, and educators, challenging several prevailing conceptual definitions and motivational sources of altruism. The book combines both new empirical and historical research as well as theoretical and philosophical approaches and includes a lengthy section addressing the practical implications of current thinking on altruism for society at large. The result is a multi-textured work, addressing critical issues in varied disciplines, while centered on shared themes.

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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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