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Heart of Altruism Perceptions of a Common Humanity

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ISBN-10: 0691058474

ISBN-13: 9780691058474

Edition: 1996

Authors: Kristen Renwick Monroe

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Is all human behavior based on self-interest? Many social and biological theories would argue so, but such a perspective does not explain the many truly heroic acts committed by people willing to risk their lives to help others. InThe Heart of Altruism, Kristen Renwick Monroe boldly lays the groundwork for a social theory receptive to altruism by examining the experiences described by altruists themselves: from Otto, a German businessman who rescued over a hundred Jews in Nazi Germany, to Lucille, a newspaper poetry editor, who, armed with her cane, saved a young girl who was being raped. Monroe's honest and moving interviews with these little-known heroes enable her to explore the causes…    
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/21/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Kristen Renwick Monroe is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Founder of the University of California-Irvine Ethics Center. She has published thirteen books, including the award-winning Heart of Altruism: Perceptions of a Common Humanity (1996) and The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice During the Holocaust (2004). The 2010 recipient of the Silverman Prize for outstanding work in ethics, Monroe also received the American Political Science Association's Pool Award and its Goodnow Award in 2010. She has served as President of the International Society of Political Psychology and Vice President of the APSA.

The Human Face of Altruism
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Puzzle of Altruism
The Entrepreneur
The Philanthropist
The Heroine
Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe
Sociocultural Attributes of Altruism
Economic Approaches to Altruism
Explanations from Evolutionary Biology
Psychological Discussions of Altruism
The Altruistic Perspective: Perceptions of a Shared Humanity
Perspective and Ethical Political Acts: Initial Thoughts
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index