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Altruism : the power of compassion to change yourself and the world
Ricard, Matthieu., author.
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Plaidoyer pour l'altruisme. English
First North American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
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ix, 849 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism--and why we need it now more than ever, "
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"Originally published in France as Plaidoyer pour l'altruisme by NiL éditions, September 2013"--Title page verso.
What is altruism?. The nature of altruism ; Extending altruism ; What is empathy ; From empathy to compassion in a neuroscience laboratory ; Love, supreme emotion ; The accomplishment of a twofold benefit, our own and others' ; Self-interested altruism and generalized reciprocity ; Selfless altruism ; The banality of good ; Altruistic heroism ; Unconditional altruism ; Beyond imitations, true altruism: an experimental investigation ; The philosophical arguments against universal selfishness -- The emergence of altruism. Altruism in theories of evolution ; Maternal love, foundation for extended altruism? ; The evolution of cultures ; Altruistic behavior among animals ; Altruism among children ; Prosocial behavior -- Cultivating altruism. Can we change? ; Training the mind: what the cognitive sciences have to say ; How to cultivate altruism: meditations on altruistic love, compassion, joy, and impartiality -- Contrary forces. Egocentrism and crystallization of the ego ; The spread of individualism and narcissism ; The champions of selfishness ; Having hatred or compassion for yourself ; The shortfall of empathy ; At the origin of violence: devaluing the other ; The natural repugnance to kill ; Dehumanizing the other: massacres and genocides ; Has war always existed? ; The decline of violence ; The instrumentalization of animals: a moral aberration ; Backfire: effects of the meat industry on poverty, environment, and health ; Institutionalized selfishness -- Building a more altruistic society. The virtues of cooperation ; An enlightened education ; Fighting inequality ; Toward a caring economy ; Voluntary, joyous simplicity ; Altruism for the sake of future generations ; Sustainable harmony ; Local commitment, global responsibility -- Conclusion: daring altruism.
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