Altruism (Concepts in the Social Sciences) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Niall W.R. Scott is a Lecturer in Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
Jonathan Seglow is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
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Many philosophical, anthropological and psychological theorists would argue that all human behaviour is based upon naked (or carefully disguised) egoism. However, most of us have witnessed it in others, or personally initiated generous behaviour and extended acts of kindness for which no obvious intrinsic egoistical gratification or public reward has either been expected or received.
University of Central Lancashire philosophy lecturer Dr. Niall Scott and Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Jonathan Seglow's ( Royal Holloway) newest research enterprise: `Altruism' provides a welcome addition to The Open University's celebrated `Concept's in the Social Sciences` series. Scott and Seglow's synergistically created reference work is felicitously enhanced in this mutually productive academic coupling of which we hope to see more.
The pairs' collaborative magisterial overview of the history, nature and quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others is surely destined to become a standard reference work in all philosophy departments and is a sine qua non source for any ambitious student researching the ethical wellsprings of human benignity and generosity of spirit.
Written in the engagingly clear, unfussy and penetrating style so esteemed by Scott and Seglow admirers familiar with their lectures and literary output, the work is ideally suited for a wider audience. `Altruism' offers an illuminating and valuable handbook for the harassed taxpayer intent upon identifying and disentangling the prevalent pretensions from the infrequent realities of `selfless public service,' and the worthless blandishments of covert `private greed' from genuine promises of quality and service made by suppliers of public and private sector goods and services in contemporary consumer society.
As a reader interested in human behaviour, and as a consumer and taxpayer I only wish this book had been on the market years ago - but better later than never!
THE ATHENAEUM LIBRARY OF PHILOSOPHY.
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