For The Greater Good Of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership by D. ForsythFor The Greater Good Of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership by D. Forsyth

For The Greater Good Of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership

EditorD. Forsyth, C. Hoyt

Hardcover | December 14, 2010

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At every turn the variations in individual perspectives on human rights and potentials, contrasting philosophies on social justice and political structure, and even debates over the best solutions to pressing social problems reflect the vital tension between the one and the many. Are humans, as a species, motivated more by selfish desires or by a commitment to helping others? Can society require that individuals contribute to a common good, even when they will not personally benefit from it? Is a commitment to a common good that will benefit generations to come more morally laudable than working diligently to achieve personal gain? Does capacity for self-sacrifice transform the effective leader into a benevolent one? The chapters in this book draw on psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, and biology to answer these questions about the inherent tension between the individual and the collective, yielding insights into the nature of philanthropy, the history of individualism in America, brain mechanisms that sustain cooperation, altruism, volunteerism, international aid, and the evolutionary roots of social compassion.

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Donelson R. Forsyth is a Professor and holds the Colonel Leo K. and Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on leadership, group processes, the social psychology of morality, environmentalism, and social cognition. His books inc...

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Title:For The Greater Good Of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and LeadershipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:198 pagesPublished:December 14, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230104037

ISBN - 13:9780230104037

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Perspectives on Individualism, Collectivism, and the Greater Good * Donelson R. Forsyth & Crystal L. Hoyt * 1. What Do Capuchin Monkeys Tell Us about Cooperation? Sarah F. Brosnan * 2. Empathy-Induced Altruism:  Friend or Foe of the Common Good? C. Daniel Batson  * 3. Cultural Neuroscience and the Collective Good Joan Y. Chiao, Lisa Hechtman, Narun Pornpattananangkul * 4. A Brief History of Individualism in American Thought Eric Daniels * 5.  Individualism, Collectivism, Leadership and the Greater Good Edwin A. Locke * 6. Big Man, Big Heart?  The Political Role of Aggrandizers in Egalitarian and Transegalitarian Societies Brian Hayden * 7. Resisting Machiavelli: Reducing Collective Harm in Conflict Neil J. Mitchell * 8. A Hippocratic Oath for Philanthropists Michael Moody * 9. Working for the Common Good: Individuals and Groups Address the Challenges Facing the World Mark Snyder

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"This compelling collection of interdisciplinary readings addresses a perennial concern: what is the proper relationship of the individual to the collective? The authors approach this question from a variety of perspectives, some of which argue in favor of empathy and altruism while others offer a spirited defense of selfishness and individualism. Throughout, they bring clarity to these issues by carefully defining these terms and providing vivid, real-world examples. This is a welcome addition to an important dialogue."  —Matthew T. Lee, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Akron"For the Greater Good of All is a stimulating inter-disciplinary collection of reflections on what is, and how do we get to, the greater good for all.  The contributors form a who's-who panel of experts whose reflections are sure to enrich society as well as stimulate exciting thinking in readers.  Few edited books can someone sit down and read.  This is one of the few that you can learn from, feel that society will benefit from, and yet enjoy." —Everett L. Worthington, Jr., author of A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Forgiveness without Excusing Injustice"No greater problem than the greater good! Are we interested in it only insofar as it serves us, as some would argue, or do we possess social interests that transcend our narrow selves? This volume looks at the interaction between the individual and the collective from all possible angles, from Ayn Rand to primate behavior, illuminating how every member needs its group and how every group needs to serve its members."  —Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy“Advancing our knowledge of society’s ‘big questions’ will require interdisciplinary efforts such as this.  This book features an outstanding collection of noted scholars from a wide range of disciplines.”  —Ronald E. Riggio, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Claremont McKenna College