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The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis

C. Daniel Batson

in Altruism in Humans

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195341065
eISBN:
9780199894222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341065.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The empathy-altruism hypothesis states that empathic concern produces altruistic motivation. To unpack this deceptively simply hypothesis, it is necessary to know what is meant by “empathic concern,” ... More


Altruism in Humans

C. Daniel Batson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195341065
eISBN:
9780199894222
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341065.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This book takes a hard-science look at the possibility that we humans have the capacity to care for others for their sakes (altruism) rather than simply for our own (egoism). The look is based not on ... More


Evolution, Prosocial Behavior, and Altruism: A Roadmap for Understanding Where the Proximate Meets the Ultimate

Patricia H. Hawley

in Prosocial Development: A Multidimensional Approach

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199964772
eISBN:
9780199368693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964772.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology

Explorations into the multi-dimensionality of prosocial behavior and its underlying motivations is nothing less than a pursuit of the nature of human nature. This chapter disentangles definitions ... More


The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis: Issues and Implications

C. Daniel Batson

in Empathy: From Bench to Bedside

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016612
eISBN:
9780262298612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016612.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter focuses on the empathy–altruism hypothesis, a study which claims that altruistic motivation is the result of empathic concern. It presents the egoism–altruism debate, which led to the ... More


Introduction

C. Daniel Batson

in Altruism in Humans

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195341065
eISBN:
9780199894222
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341065.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter begins by presenting a brief set-up of the question addressed by the book—what is the role of altruism in human life? —and looking at the importance of laboratory experiments in ... More


Empathy-Induced Altruism and Morality: No Necessary Connection

C. Daniel Batson

in Empathy and Morality

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199969470
eISBN:
9780199372843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969470.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The empathy-altruism hypothesis states that empathic concern produces altruistic motivation. In this hypothesis, empathic concernrefers to other-oriented emotion elicited by and congruent with the ... More


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