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Altruism and
Altruistic Love

Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue

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Stephen G. Post
and Lynn G. Underwood, Vice President, Fetzer Institute, Jeffrey P. Schloss, Professor of Biology, Westmont College, and William B. Hurlbut, Physician and Lecturer in the Program in Human Biology, Stanford University.

"Altruism and Altruistic Love is a path-breaking and innovative study that explores these important topics in a broad, multidisciplinary framework. The volume provides significant empirical data on the scientific, psychological, social, cultural, and religious factors influencing the development of and capacity for altruistic behavior"

—Audrey R. Chapman, Director, Science and Human Rights and Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science

"While neurobiologists focus on the basic elements of life, sequencing the human genome unlocking the secrets of life itself, Steven Post has assembled a unique, multidisciplinary group of scholars to address one of life's greatest mysteries at the other end of the human spectrum—altruistic love. Integrating research from the social sciences, evolutionary biology, psychology, neuroscience and religion, Post's Altruism and Altruistic Love is a must read for scholars interested in the origins of humanity."

—Paula Tallal, Board of Governors Professor in Neuroscience, Rutgers University

"How can we translate love into action, so that altruism becomes the motivating force in politics, economics and social life? In Altruism and Altruistic Love, Stephen Post and his colleagues guide us through this difficult and complex terrain with rigorous minds and generous hearts. The result is a major contribution to the debate."

—Michael Edwards, Director, Ford Foundation, and author of Future Positive

"It is hard to imagine a more propitious time for a serious examination of the concepts of altruism and love to appear. This volume provides the intellectual and disciplinary firepower that will give altruism its due and possibly self-interest its intellectual comeuppance. For those hungering to find some balance in understanding the complexity of human nature and the motives and drives that underlie our behavior, this book is a wonderful source of sustenance."

—Arthur Caplan, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

"Altruism and Altruistic Love is a multifaceted and thoroughly fascinating examination of one of the least understood aspects of the human mind—the primal urge to help those in need, even at the expense of our own interests. Provocative, touching, and profound, this book brilliantly elucidates the nature of the best in each of us."

—Thomas Lewis, M.D., co-author of A General Theory of Love

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