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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People have self - regarding reasons to internalise other - regarding concerns .
On the other hand , one seeks not only to earn the respect and concern of others
but also to earn one ' s own respect and concern . Moreover , it is a simple fact ...
Social - welfare activities for the destitute , orphans , old and physically weak
have traditionally concerned the Buddhists , but in recent years their circle of
concern has expanded to include terminal care activities such as the Vihāra
By the turn of the millennium , concern with experiential learning and a seemingly
disenfranchised youth , lent fervor to completion of a service - learning
requirement – or community - based experiential volunteer hours – for high
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