Sunday 1 August 2010

Forum: does altruism exist?

Strands of discussion:

  • Selfishness inherent in human nature?
  • Love, compassion, give and take a human instinct or moral sense?
  • Is altruism a form of hypocrisy? e.g. gifts/presents are often seen as bribery or humiliation to the recipient. The donor of gift can be perceived as manipulator of power by using gift to control the behaviour of the receiver.
  • Egoism v reciprocity

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