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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


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


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

Part I Definitions

Part II Human Motivation and Action

Part III Evolutionary Biology

Part IV The Science of Altruism

Part V Religion