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Altruism (Hardcover, New): James R. Ozinga
Altruism (Hardcover, New): James R. Ozinga

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James R. Ozinga

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Altruism, understood as doing something for someone else at some cost to oneself, is contrasted with selfishness. Ozinga argues convincingly that altruism is a natural part of human nature that it is not just found in a few rare people-- that it has evolutionary value and is exhibited in some manner by everyone. Nonetheless, most people seem to feel that selfishness rules human behavior. Altruism is considered an environmental addition to the human character, often seen as naivete.

Ozinga attacks this view by examining the probable source of altruism--in the genes, in the concept of natural law, or in the instinct for social behavior. Various barriers to altruism are explored in the chemistry of a person, in terms of organized religions or ideologies, and in the goals people choose. Altruism, as Ozinga shows, is a multi-dimensional concept that can be understood and appreciated as a vital part of human nature.

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Imprint: Praeger Publishers Inc
Country of origin: United States
Release date: December 1999
First published: December 1999
Authors: James R. Ozinga
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Laminated cover
Pages: 192
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-275-96735-2
Barcode: 9780275967352
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Psychology > Social, group or collective psychology
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LSN: 0-275-96735-2

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