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Addressing the Altruism Question Experimentally

C. Daniel Batson

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780195143584
eISBN:
9780199848119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Everything we do, no matter how noble and seemingly self-sacrificial, is really directed toward the ultimate goal of self-benefit. Comte considered altruism and egoism to be two distinct motives ... More


Contesting Empathy

Suzanne Keen

in Empathy and the Novel

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175769
eISBN:
9780199851232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175769.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter argues that the evidence for a relationship between narrative empathy and the prosocial motivation of actual novel readers does not support the grand claims often made on behalf of ... More


It’s More than Skin Deep: Empathy and Helping Behavior across Social Groups

Stephanie Echols and Joshua Correll

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/9780262016612.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

This chapter, which focuses on the influence of social groups on the empathic process, the effect the groups have on an individual’s ability to understand the internal experiences of other people and ... More


A Scientific Search for Altruism: Do We Only Care About Ourselves?

C. Daniel Batson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190651374
eISBN:
9780190651404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651374.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This book provides an example of how the scientific method can be used to address a fundamental question about human nature. For centuries—indeed for millennia—the egoism–altruism debate has echoed ... More


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