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The Altruism Question : Toward A Social-psychological Answer - C. Daniel Batson

The Altruism Question

Toward A Social-psychological Answer

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1991
ISBN: 9780805802450
Number Of Pages: 268

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Are our efforts to help others ever driven solely by altruistic motivation, or is our ultimate goal always some form of self- benefit (egoistic motivation)? This volume reports the development of an empirically-testable theory of altruistic motivation and a series of experiments designed to test that theory. It sets the issue of egoism versus altruism in its larger historical and philosophical context, and brings diverse experiments into a single, integrated argument. Readers will find that this book provides a solid base of information from which questions surrounding the existence of altruistic motivation can be further investigated.

Prefacep. vii
The Question Posed by Our Concern for Others: Altruism or Egoism?p. 1
The Altruism Question in Western Thoughtp. 15
Egoism and Altruism in Western Philosophyp. 17
Egoism and Altruism in Early Psychologyp. 33
The Altruism Question in Contemporary Psychologyp. 43
Toward an Answer: the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesisp. 59
A Scientific Method for Addressing the Altruism Questionp. 61
A Three-Path Model of Egoistic and Altruistic Motivation to Help: the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesisp. 74
Three Egoistic Alternatives to the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesisp. 91
Testing the Egoistic Alternatives to the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesisp. 107
Aversive-Arousal Reductionp. 109
Empathy-Specific Punishmentp. 128
Empathy-Specific Rewardp. 149
Extensionsp. 175
Other Possible Sources of Altruistic Motivation: the Altruistic Personalityp. 177
Implications and Limitations of the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesisp. 202
Referencesp. 231
Author Indexp. 247
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780805802450
ISBN-10: 0805802452
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st July 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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