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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MEASURING ALTRUISM The situations in which altruistic behaviour is observed
can be divided into two categories ... Typically , a situation is created by
experimenters where the participant has a choice about helping another or is
asked to ...
The New Situation Following September 11 , 2001 Paul Gilbert is perhaps one of
many scholars and commentators who have explored the significance of the
events of September 11 , 2001 , for peace studies , especially as regards to
Just war theories have been adapted over the years to fit new situations as they
arose , but the amorphous nature of the ... Gilbert ' s analysis is useful in pointing
out what is new in the post 9 - 11 situation , and the challenges that this new ...
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