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Altruism in Competitive Environments

Robert H. Frank

in Visions of Compassion

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130430.003.0009
Altruism in Competitive Environments

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In some situations, conflicts arise between acts of charity and how society views charity. The world has been tainted by political and cultural differences, and it is not uncommon that most of the political campaigns hide behind the curtain of humanitarian acts. This can pose some difficulty for those people who indeed have a pure intent to help and assist, without any other agenda. Yet in spite of the stigma that is placed on such acts of kindness, people are still urged to provide assistance during times of disaster and trouble. This chapter tries to discuss these two conflicting factors: the preservation of self-interest and the selfless acts of kindness driven by compassion. This is one subject on which philosophers and scientists have spent years of research.

Keywords: charity; conflict; political; agenda; compassion; kindness

Chapter.  12207 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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