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Beyond self-interest

Author: Jane J Mansbridge
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A dramatic transformation has begun in the way scholars think about human nature. Political scientists, psychologists, economists, and evolutionary biologists are beginning to reject the view that human affairs are shaped almost exclusively by self-interest--a view that came to dominate social science in the last three decades. In Beyond Self-Interest, leading social scientists argue for a view of individuals  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane J Mansbridge
ISBN: 0226503593 9780226503592 0226503607 9780226503608
OCLC Number: 20418474
Description: xiii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The rise and fall of self-interest in the explanation of political life / Jane J. Mansbridge --
Rational fools / Amartya K. Sen --
Selfishness and altruism / Jon Elster --
Varieties of altruism / Christopher Jencks --
A theory of moral sentiments / Robert H. Frank --
Cooperation for the benefit of us --
not me, or my conscience / Robyn M. Dawes, Alphons J.C. van de Kragt, and John M. Orbell --
Culture and cooperation / Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson --
On the relation of altruism and self-interest / Jane J. Mansbridge --
Self-interest in Americans' political opinions / David O. Sears and Carolyn L. Funk --
Justice, self-interest, and the legitimacy of legal and political authority / Tom R. Tyler --
Deregulation and the politics of ideas in Congress / Paul J. Quirk --
Congress and public spirit / Steven Kelman --
Political self-interest in constitutional law / Cass R. Sunstein --
Empathy and international regimes / Robert O. Keohane --
Dual utilities and rational choice / Howard Margolis --
Expanding the range of formal modeling / Jane J. Mansbridge --
The secret history of self-interest / Stephen Holmes --
Mothering versus contract / Virginia Held.
Responsibility: edited by Jane J. Mansbridge.
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A dramatic transformation has begun in the way scholars think about human nature. Political scientists, psychologists, economists, and evolutionary biologists are beginning to reject the view that human affairs are shaped almost exclusively by self-interest--a view that came to dominate social science in the last three decades. In Beyond Self-Interest, leading social scientists argue for a view of individuals behavior and social organization that takes into account the powerful motivations of duty, love, and malevolence. Economists who go beyond "economic man," psychologists who go beyond stimulus-response, evolutionary biologists who go beyond the "selfish gene," and political scientists who go beyond the quest for power come together in this provocative and important manifesto. The essays trace, from the ancient Greeks to the present, the use of self-interest to explain political life. They investigate the differences between self-interest and the motivations of duty and love, showing how these motivations affect behavior in "prisoners' dilemma" interactions. They generate evolutionary models that explain how altruistic motivations escape extinction. They suggest ways to model within one individual the separate motivations of public spirit and self-interest, investigate public spirit and self-interest, investigate public spirit in citizen and legislative behavior, and demonstrate that the view of democracy in existing Constitutional interpretations is not based on self-interest. They advance both human evil and mothering as alternatives to self-interest, this last in a penetrating feminist critique of the "contract" model of human interaction.

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