Altruism & Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy & Religion by Stephen Garrard Post, Visit Amazon's Lynn G. Underwood Page,

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The concept that of altruism, or disinterested quandary for another's welfare, has been mentioned through each person from theologians to psychologists to biologists. during this ebook, evolutionary, neurological, developmental, mental, social, cultural, and spiritual facets of altruistic habit are tested. it's a collaborative exam of 1 of humanity's crucial and defining features through popular researchers from a variety of disciplines. Their integrative discussion illustrates that altruistic habit is an important mode of expression that may be studied through a variety of scholarly tools and understood from a number of views in either the arts and the sciences. Altruism and Altruistic Love establishes a framework for scholarship on altruism via featuring definitions, a ancient evaluation, a overview of latest study, and debates in a number of disciplines, in addition to a dialogue of instructions for destiny work.

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For Hardin, the prisoners’ dilemma distills the essence of how free-market capitalism can destroy the environment and make everyone worse off. With these three examples in mind, let’s extract the abstract structure of the prisoners’ dilemma game. Remaining silent in the first game is an instance of “cooperating” with your accomplice. Disarming is an instance of “cooperating” with the Soviet Union in the second game. And restraining your use of the commons is a case of “cooperating” with the other farmers in the third.

These instincts are vividly experienced by every person variously as conscience, self-respect, remorse, empathy, shame, humility, and moral outrage” (Wilson, 1998, p. 253). Many evolutionary biologists and psychologists, in conformity with Dawkins’s general view, argue that even complex human behaviors that involve cooperation are undertaken in the interest of survival and are genetically anchored. In an oft-cited example, I. M. Cosmides and J. Tooby, invoking both computational and genetic models, are reported to appeal to the famous prisoners’ dilemma, a situation invented by game theorists in which alternatives for gaining freedom are based on the willingness of a pair of prisoners to incriminate one another.

Most of us have loving relationships with only a small circle of individuals; and even within that circle, our love of some individuals is more intense than our love of others. We recognize the possibility that this circle might be expanded and that the love we feel for those within the circle might be made more intense. But what is far more difficult to contemplate is the idea that we might simultaneously greatly expand the circle and love all the individuals in it equally. A perspectival painting can be enlarged to encompass more of the landscape, but it still remains perspectival.

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