Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue by Stephen G. PostAltruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue by Stephen G. Post

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

byStephen G. Post, Lynn G. Underwood, Jeffrey P. Schloss

Hardcover | November 15, 2001

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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 areexamined. It is a collaborative examination of one of humanity's essential and defining characteristics by renowned researchers from various disciplines. Their integrative dialogue illustrates that altruistic behavior is a significant mode of expression that can be studied by various scholarlymethods and understood from a variety of perspectives in both the humanities and the sciences. Altruism and Altruistic Love establishes a framework for scholarship on altruism by presenting definitions, a historical overview, a review of contemporary research, and debates in various disciplines, aswell as a discussion of directions for future work.
Stephen G. Post is at The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love. Lynn G. Underwood is at Fetzer Institute.
Title:Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in DialogueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:522 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 1.61 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195143582

ISBN - 13:9780195143584


Table of Contents

ContributorsStephen G. Post, Lynn G. Underwood, Jeffrey P. Schloss, and William B. Hurlbut: General IntroductionPART I: DEFINITIONSStephen G. Post: Introduction to Part I1. Elliott Sober: The ABCs of Altruism2. Edith Wyschogrod: Pythagorean Bodies and the Body of Altruism3. Jerome Kagan: Morality, Altruism, and Love4. Stephen G. Post: The Tradition of AgapeStephen G. Post: Conclusion to Part IPART II: HUMAN MOTIVATION AND ACTIONLynn G. Underwood: Introduction to Part II5. Lynn G. Underwood: The Human Experience of Compassionate Love: Conceptual Mapping and Data from Selected Studies6. C. Daniel Batson: Addressing the Altruism Question Experimentally7. Kristen Renwick Monroe: Explicating Altruism8. Samuel P. Oliner: Extraordinary Acts of Ordinary People: Faces of Heroism and AltruismLynn G. Underwood: Conclusion to Part IIPART III: EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGYJeffrey P. Schloss: Introduction to Part III9. Michael Ruse: A Darwinian Naturalist's Perspective on Altruism10. Stephen J. Pope: Relating Self, Others, and Sacrifice in the Ordering of Love11. David Sloan Wilson and Elliott Sober: The Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Altruism in Evolutionary Biology12. Melvin Konner: Some Obstacles to Altruism13. Jeffrey P. Schloss: Emerging Accounts of Altruism: "Love Creation's Final Law?"Jeffrey P. Schloss: Conclusion to Part IIIPART IV: THE SCIENCE OF ALTRUISMWilliam B. Hurlbut: Introduction to Part IV14. Thomas R. Insel: Implications for the Neurobiology of Love15. Antonio R. Damasio: A Note on the Neurobiology of Emotions16. Hanna Damasio: Impairment of Interpersonal Social Behavior Caused by Acquired Brain Damage17. Stephanie D. Preston and Frans B. M. de Waal: The Communication of Emotions and the Possibility of Empathy in Animals18. William B. Hurlbut: Empathy, Evolution, and AltruismWilliam B. Hurlbut: Conclusion to Part IVPART V: RELIGIONStephen G. Post: Introduction to Part V19. Don S. Browning: Science and Religion on the Nature of Love20. Gregory L. Fricchione: Separation, Attachment, and Altruistic Love: The Evolutionary Basis for Medical Caring21. Ruben L.F. Habito: Compassion out of Wisdom: Buddhist Perspectives from the Past Toward the Human FutureStephen G. Post: Conclusion to Part VStephen G. Post and Lynn G. Underwood: A Concluding Summary: Future Research Needs on Altruism and Altruistic LoveShelley Dean Kilpatrick and Michael E. McCullough: Annotated Bibliography: Research on Personality and Individual Differences in AltruismReferencesList of Articles by SubjectIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Altogether, the book is a highly interesting read on diverse perspectives on the topic of altruistic love....[T]his collection of essays comes a long way in making a case for unselfish behavior that is as much grounded in cogent philosophical analysis as it is informed by modern evolutionarytheory."--Human Nature Review