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Altruism Question : Toward a Social-Psychological Answer

Altruism Question : Toward a Social-Psychological Answer - 91 edition

Altruism Question : Toward a Social-Psychological Answer - 91 edition

ISBN13: 9780805802450

ISBN10: 0805802452

Altruism Question : Toward a Social-Psychological Answer by C. Daniel Batson - ISBN 9780805802450
Edition: 91
Copyright: 1991
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Published: 1991
International: No
Altruism Question : Toward a Social-Psychological Answer by C. Daniel Batson - ISBN 9780805802450

ISBN13: 9780805802450

ISBN10: 0805802452

Edition: 91

Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The Question Posed by Our Concern for Others: Altruism or Egoism?


Part I: Egoism and Altruism in Western Philosophy.

Egoism and Altruism in Early Psychology.
The Altruism Question in Contemporary Psychology.
The Altruism Question in Western Thought.

Part II: A Scientific Method for Addressing the Altruism Question.

A Three-Path Model of Egoistic and Altruistic Motivation to Help: The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis.
Egoistic Alternatives to the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis.
Toward an Answer: The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis.

Part III: Aversive-Arousal Reduction.

Empathy-Specific Punishment.
Empathy-Specific Reward.
Testing the Egoistic Alternatives to the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis.

Part IV: Other Possible Sources of Altruistic Motivation: The Altruistic Personality.

Implications and Limitations of the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis.
Extensions.