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Embracing the Other: Philosophical, Psychological, and Historical Perspectives on Altruism
     

Embracing the Other: Philosophical, Psychological, and Historical Perspectives on Altruism

by Pearl Oliner
 

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All but buried for most of the twentieth century, the concept of altruism has re-emerged in this last quarter as a focus of intense scholarly inquiry and general public interest. In the wake of increased consciousness of the human potential for destructiveness, both scholars and the general public are seeking interventions which will not only inhibit the process,

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All but buried for most of the twentieth century, the concept of altruism has re-emerged in this last quarter as a focus of intense scholarly inquiry and general public interest. In the wake of increased consciousness of the human potential for destructiveness, both scholars and the general public are seeking interventions which will not only inhibit the process, but may in fact chart a new creative path toward a global community. Largely initiated by a group of pioneering social psychologists, early questions on altruism centered on its motivation and development primarily in the context of contrived laboratory experiments. Although publications on the topic have been considerable over the last several years, and now represent the work of representatives from many disciplines of inquiry, this volume is distinguished from others in several ways.

Embracing the Other emerged primarily as a response to recent research on an extraordinary manifestation of real-life altruism, namely to recent studies of non-Jewish rescuers of Jews during World War II. It is the work of a multi-disciplinary and international group of scholars, including philosophers, social psychologists, historians, sociologists, and educators, challenging several prevailing conceptual definitions and motivational sources of altruism. The book combines both new empirical and historical research as well as theoretical and philosophical approaches and includes a lengthy section addressing the practical implications of current thinking on altruism for society at large. The result is a multi-textured work, addressing critical issues in varied disciplines, while centered on shared themes.

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Combining both new empirical and historical research, as well as theoretical and philosophical approaches, an international and multidsciplinary group of scholars examine altruistic behavior, focusing largely on non-Jewish rescuers of Jews during World War II. They challenge several prevailing conceptions of the definitions and motivational sources of altruism, and explore possible paths to promoting altruism in society at large. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Intelligently addresses several of the most important unresolved issues and controversies about altruism."

- The Journal of Politics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814762295
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
474
File size:
3 MB

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"Intelligently addresses several of the most important unresolved issues and controversies about altruism."

-The Journal of Politics

Meet the Author

Pearl M. Oliner and Samuel P. Oliner are Professor of Education and Professor of Sociology, respectively, at Humboldt State University and co-authors of The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe.


Pearl M. Oliner and Samuel P. Oliner are Professor of Education and Professor of Sociology, respectively, at Humboldt State University and co-authors of The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe.

Lawrence Baron is the Director of the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies and Nasir Professor of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University.

Dennis L. Krebs is Chair and Professor of Psychology at S


Lawrence Baron is the Director of the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies and Nasir Professor of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University.

Dennis L. Krebs is Chair and Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Lawrence A. Blum is Professor of Philosophy and Women's studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. M Zuzanna Smolenska is Assistant Professor, Polish Academy of Science.

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