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Beyond Self-interest - Jane J. Mansbridge

Beyond Self-interest

By: Jane J. Mansbridge (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1990
ISBN: 9780226503608
Number Of Pages: 416

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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.

The Rise and Fall of Self-Interest in the Explanation of Political Life
Dimensions of the Problem
Rational Fools: A Critique of the Behavioral Foundations of Economic Theory
Selfishness and Altruism
Varieties of Altruism
An Ecological Niche for Altruism
A Theory of Moral Sentiments
Cooperation for the Benefit of Us—Not Me, or My Conscience
Culture and Cooperation
On the Relation of Altruism and Self-Interest
Self-Interest in Americans' Political Opinions
Justice, Self-Interest, and the Legitimacy of Legal and Political Authority
Deregulation and the Politics of Ideas in Congress
Congress and Public Spirit: A Commentary
Constitutional Interpretation
Political Self-Interest in Constitutional Law
International Relations
Empathy and International Regimes
Dual Utilities and Rational Choice
Expanding the Range of Formal Modeling
Alternatives to Self-Interest, Malevolent and Benevolent
The Secret History of Self-Interest
Mothering versus Contract Virginia Held
List List of Contributors
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ISBN: 9780226503608
ISBN-10: 0226503607
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st January 1990
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 2