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The altruistic species : scientific, philosophical, and religious perspectives of human benevolence

Author: Andrew Michael Flescher; Daniel Worthen
Publisher: Philadelphia : Templeton Foundation Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What motiviates altruism? How essential is altruism to the human experience? Is altruism readily accessible to the ordinary person? Exploring these questions through the lenses of biology, psychology, philosophy, and religion, this book argues for the existence of altruism against competing theories that view benevolence as self-interest in disguise. The authors consider the role of genetics and evolutionary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Flescher, Andrew Michael, 1969-
Altruistic species.
Philadelphia : Templeton Foundation Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)741993727
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Michael Flescher; Daniel Worthen
ISBN: 9781599471228 1599471221 1599471256 9781599471259
OCLC Number: 85851509
Description: x, 290 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Altruism defined --
The perspective of psychological egoism : a sheep in wolf's clothing --
The perspective of evolutionary biology : the genetic dynamics of caring and cooperation --
Psychological perspectives : nurturing our nature --
Philosophical perspectives : altruism and the role of reason --
Religious perspectives : altruism, saints, and believers --
Cultivating our altruistic identity.
Responsibility: Andrew Michael Flescher and Daniel Worthen.
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Abstract:

What motiviates altruism? How essential is altruism to the human experience? Is altruism readily accessible to the ordinary person? Exploring these questions through the lenses of biology, psychology, philosophy, and religion, this book argues for the existence of altruism against competing theories that view benevolence as self-interest in disguise. The authors consider the role of genetics and evolutionary biology: psychological states that induce altt behaior;phlsohcal teories of altruism in normative ethics such as Kantian, utilitarian, and Aristotelian models of moral action; and accounts of love of the neighbor in Christianity and Buddhism. Using the insights of these varying perspectives, the authors offer a new comprehensive definition of altruism that affirms humanity's benevolent nature.

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