Altruism in Humans

Hardcover | February 11, 2011

byC. Daniel Batson

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We send money to help famine victims halfway around the world. We campaign to save whales and oceans. We stay up all night to comfort a friend with a broken relationship. People will at times risk - even lose - their lives for others, including strangers. Why do we do these things? Whatmotivates such behavior? Altruism in Humans takes a hard-science look at the possibility that we humans have the capacity to care for others for their sakes rather than simply for our own. Based on an extensive series of theory-testing laboratory experiments conducted over the past 35 years, this book details a theory ofaltruistic motivation, offers a comprehensive summary of the research designed to test the empathy-altruism hypothesis, and considers the theoretical and practical implications of this conclusion. Authored by the world's preeminent scholar on altruism, this landmark work is an authoritative scholarly resource on the theory surrounding altruism and its potential contribution to better interpersonal relations and a better society.

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We send money to help famine victims halfway around the world. We campaign to save whales and oceans. We stay up all night to comfort a friend with a broken relationship. People will at times risk - even lose - their lives for others, including strangers. Why do we do these things? Whatmotivates such behavior? Altruism in Humans t...

Dan Batson is an experimental social psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University in 1972 and then taught at the University of Kansas until his retirement in 2008. For over 30 years, his research has focused on the existence of altruistic motivation and on its antecedents and consequences. He has publ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.42 × 9.41 × 0.98 inPublished:February 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195341065

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: A Theory of Altruistic Motivation1. The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis2. Antecedents of Empathic Concern3. Behavioral Consequences of Empathy-Induced AltruismPart II: Empirical Evidence4. Turning to Experiments5. Testing the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis6. Two Further Challenges to the Empathy-Altruism HypothesisPart III: Altruism in Action7. Benefits of Empathy-Induced Altruism8. Liabilities9. Toward a Pluralism of Prosocial Motives-and a More Humane SocietySummary and ConclusionReferences