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Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue

Stephen G. Post, Lynn G. Underwood, Jeffrey P. Schloss, and William B. Hurlbut

Abstract

The concept of altruism, or disinterested concern for another's welfare, has been discussed by everyone from theologians to psychologists to biologists. In this book, evolutionary, neurological, developmental, psychological, social, cultural, and religious aspects of altruistic behavior are examined. It is a collaborative examination of one of humanity's essential and defining characteristics by researchers from various disciplines. Their integrative dialogue illustrates that altruistic behavior is a significant mode of expression that can be studied by various scholarly methods and understood ... More

Keywords: altruism, disinterested concern, another's welfare, altruistic behavior, humanity's, mode of expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143584
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen G. Post, editor
Case Western Reserve University

Lynn G. Underwood, editor
Fetzer Institute

Jeffrey P. Schloss, editor
Westmont College

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Altruism & Altruistic Love

General Introduction

Stephen G. Post, Lynn G. Underwood, Jeffrey P. Schloss, and William B. Hurlbut

Part I Definitions

Introduction to Part I

Stephen G. Post

1 The ABCs of Altruism

Elliott Sober

4 The Tradition of Agape

Stephen G. Post

Conclusion to Part I

Stephen G. Post

Part II Human Motivation and Action

Introduction to Part II

Lynn G. Underwood

7 Explicating Altruism

Kristen Renwick Monroe

Conclusion to Part II

Lynn G. Underwood

Part III Evolutionary Biology

Introduction to Part III

Jeffrey P. Schloss

Conclusion to Part III

Jeffrey P. Schloss

Part IV The Science of Altruism

Introduction to Part IV

William B. Hurlbut

Conclusion to Part IV

William B. Hurlbut

Part V Religion

Introduction to Part V

Stephen G. Post

21 Compassion out of Wisdom

Ruben L. F. Habito

Conclusion to Part V

Stephen G. Post