Altruistic Reveries: Perspectives from the Humanities and by Basant K. Kapur, Kim-Chong Chong

By Basant K. Kapur, Kim-Chong Chong

Altruistic Reveries is a special quantity, which arises out of an Interdisciplinary convention on views on Altruism from the arts and Social Sciences prepared through the Centre for complicated reviews, school of Arts and Social Sciences, nationwide college of Singapore, in October 1999. Altruism is a deep, multi-faceted phenomenon, of significant curiosity and relevance to students around the whole diversity of disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre for that reason introduced jointly specialists in diversified disciplines - Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Political technology - to ascertain and talk about the importance and position of altruism from their respective views. a complete of 10 papers in all have been provided, and the amount is done via an advent by way of the editors, and a last Concluding bankruptcy through one of many editors.
one of the concerns mentioned are: the efficacy of motivational altruism within the answer of public concerns; the genetic origins of altruism and its attendant dangers; the metaphysical foundation of altruism; empathy and altruism; altruism or social alternate; altruism in wartime; and the welfare kingdom. A remarkable characteristic of the amount is that many of the authors haven't `talked prior' each other. even if every one is a expert in his box, the papers are obtainable to these in different fields, and to non-specialists. either separately and jointly, they supply a wealthy set of insights and views on altruism as a primary human and social phenomenon, that allows you to edify, curiosity, and stimulate all readers of the volume.

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Universal love" is the tenu used by Watson, ibid .. c. Graham, Disputers of Ihe Tao (La Salle, Illinois: Open Court Publishing Company, 1989), has "concern for everyone". 3. 252 . Wong notes the universalistic element in Confucian ethics, but states that "It should warn us against associating universalism too closely with Western, impersonal morality, or with political liberalism or social individualism. The presence of Mo Tzu as a challenger to the Confucian position reinforces this point. 2S) .

Mencills 6AIO. Ibid. See Mencius 3A5, 7A35. Mencills 2A6: "If a man is able to develop all these four germs that he possesses, it will be like a fire starting up or a spring coming through. " See David Wong, "Universalism Versus Love With Distinctions", Journal oj Chinese Philosophy 16 (1989) 251-272 for a discussion about this development of love and concern. Mencills 7A35. From the "Giving Away a ·Ikone" chapter in the lhllangzi. See page 309 of Watson, tr. 59. Watson's translation is slightly different: "The empire is a thing of supreme importance, yet he would not allow it to harm his lite.

Pity, as I have characterized it, is a human emotion to which we are all vulnerable, a feeling of which we are all susceptible. It is as if biologically hard wired into human beings, part of what Kant calls "the subjective conditions" of human nature. This is evidenced by the fact that the cry of distress is something that a human creature cannot ignore. When babies hear the cry of distress, they invariably feel the distress and invariably cry in response. In adult human beings, this empathetic response takes many forms .

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