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Altruism in Humans

C. Daniel Batson


This book takes a hard-science look at the possibility that we humans have the capacity to care for others for their sakes (altruism) rather than simply for our own (egoism). The look is based not on armchair speculation, dramatic cases, or after-the-fact interviews, but on an extensive series of theory-testing laboratory experiments conducted over the past 35 years. Part I details the theory of altruistic motivation that has been the focus of this experimental research. The theory centers on the empathy-altruism hypothesis, which claims that other-oriented feelings of sympathy and compassion ... More

Keywords: altruism, altruistic motivation, compassion, egoism, empathic concern, empathy, empathy-altruism hypothesis, sympathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341065
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Daniel Batson, author
University of Kansas

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