The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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... and adherence to a particular religious community tend to manifest altruistic
attitudes and action more than others ? ... there does seem to be evidence of a
cultivation and promotion of attitudes of caring , and of actions promoting the well
... are influential in forming attitudes and guiding actions of the populace in
socially - engaged and altruistic directions . ... and adherence to a particular
religious community tend to manifest altruistic attitudes and action more than
Such an action , while falling under the working definition of altruism adopted in
this volume , that is , “ behavior carried ... One could also go on to point out the
mixed nature of different kinds of actions performed in the name of or inspired by
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