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 different quantity, which arises out of an Interdisciplinary convention on views on Altruism from the arts and Social Sciences prepared through the Centre for complicated experiences, college of Arts and Social Sciences, nationwide college of Singapore, in October 1999. Altruism is a deep, multi-faceted phenomenon, of serious curiosity and relevance to students around the complete diversity of disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre consequently introduced jointly specialists in diversified disciplines - Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Political technological know-how - to envision and speak about the importance and position of altruism from their respective views. a complete of 10 papers in all have been awarded, and the amount is finished via an creation by way of the editors, and a last Concluding bankruptcy by means of one of many editors.
one of the matters mentioned are: the efficacy of motivational altruism within the answer of public matters; the genetic origins of altruism and its attendant dangers; the metaphysical foundation of altruism; empathy and altruism; altruism or social trade; altruism in wartime; and the welfare country. A awesome characteristic of the quantity is that a number of the authors haven't `talked previous' each other. even supposing each one is a expert in his box, the papers are available 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 basic human and social phenomenon, in an effort to edify, curiosity, and stimulate all readers of the volume.

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Put in general terms, this means that non-particularistic concern is a function of the development of the virtues such as benevolence, dutifulness, ritual propriety, and wisdom. It is these virtues which both define and shape human relationships . 5 The parent-child relationship is important not just for the special love which both parties enjoy, but as a basis for the development of feelings of love and concern for others. 26 Non-particularistic 31 love begins with the feelings and the virtues that one develops in a particularistic relationship.

According to him, there is no difference whether he or the men of Ti are the rulers. " This is explained by a commentary: 26 'The Great King Tan-fu may be said to have known how to respect life. He who knows how to respect life, though he may be rich and honored, will not allow the means of nourishing life to injure his person. Though he may be poor and humble, he will not allow concerns of profit to entangle his body. The men of the present age, if they occupy high office and are honored with titles, all think only of how serious a matter it would be to lose them.

If developed, these predispositions give rise respectively to the virtues of benevolence, duty, propriety, and wisdom. There is no guarantee that these will be developed, however, since reflective thought, effort and environmental conditions are all factors which have a role to play in fostering the predispositions. 19 It could be argued against Mencius that although one may suddenly feel alarmed at the sight of the child on the verge of falling into a well, this does not necessarily amount to compassion.

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