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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While opposition to revision of Article 9 of the present constitution could be seen
as a noble attempt to preserve the ideal of constitutional pacifism , in fact the
presence of the Self Defense Forces has belied the efficacy of this article for
Even if the present social ties exist in a challenging context , people ' s interest in
social and altruistic interaction endures and may take surprising forms ( Yeung ,
2004c ) . In fact , to consider individualism as the core of the post - traditional ...
The present - day support and altruism most likely includes sporadic and hybrid
stories of altruism – as well as chains of such stories – and should be studied as
such . Our understanding of altruism will remain limited if we focus simply on ...
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