Altruism & Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy & Religion by Stephen Garrard Post, Visit Amazon's Lynn G. Underwood Page,

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The concept that of altruism, or disinterested difficulty for another's welfare, has been mentioned by means of every person from theologians to psychologists to biologists. during this booklet, evolutionary, neurological, developmental, mental, social, cultural, and spiritual elements of altruistic habit are tested. it's a collaborative exam of 1 of humanity's crucial and defining features via well known researchers from a variety of disciplines. Their integrative discussion illustrates that altruistic habit is an important mode of expression that may be studied through a number of scholarly equipment and understood from numerous views in either the arts and the sciences. Altruism and Altruistic Love establishes a framework for scholarship on altruism through featuring definitions, a ancient evaluation, a evaluate of up to date learn, and debates in a variety of disciplines, in addition to a dialogue of instructions for destiny work.

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Kagan, in his “Morality, Altruism, and Love,” is particularly critical of evolutionary biology, which he believes provides ideological support for a culture of narcissism. He is also highly critical of those who extrapolate from nonhuman animal models to human behavior. The human being is, Kagan asserts, utterly unique, emergent from evolution with the gift of a moral sense that includes a propensity to care for the other, although this propensity can be culturally undermined to degrees. I have reserved my own chapter in this section, “Altruism and Altruistic Love: The Tradition of Agape,” for an attempt at bringing together the different disciplinary languages of altruism in a manner that takes all the relevant disciplines seriously and points toward the meaning of the phenomenon of altruistic love as the epitome of altruistic intent and behavior in humans.

Where ‘sharing’ and ‘selfish’ have their deliberated, moral meaning” (1999, p. 49). To attribute either altruism or selfishness to genes is to see them as moral agents rather than transmitters of information. Although theologian John Milbank (1990) does not consider altruism in the context of genetic programming, he has challenged both the intelligibility and the desirability of radically self-sacrificial altruism grounded in otherness, contending that otherness is a vacuous concept and is, in effect, incoherent.

Because of this, altruism’s dark side needs to be held clearly in view if we are to understand the moral dimensions of altruism and also its evolutionary and psychological character. 26  The process of group selection does not eliminate competition from the evolutionary process but merely transposes it up one level. In group selection, groups compete with other groups, just as in individual selection, individuals in a group compete with each other. In The Origin, Darwin (1859) says that he uses the term struggle for existence to encompass two different types of situations.

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