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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In any case , they feel sorry for people in need and carry out acts to help them .
Their actual altruistic acts also relieve themselves from their own empathetic
distress . I call these kinds of motivation for altruistic acts the empathetic distress ...
Altruistic acts of the members of new religions may be also motivated by the
quest for salvation , because the quest for salvation can produce certain
consequences for practical behaviour in the world . Weber notes : a quest for
salvation in any ...
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which acts as a kind of local branch of the WCRP , held a meeting in Jakarta in
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