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Definition of the noun altruism

What does altruism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: altruisms

  1. the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of altruism: selflessness
    • antonym of altruism: egoism
    • more generic word: unselfishness = the quality of not putting yourself first but being willing to give your time or money or effort etc. for others

Alternative definition of the noun altruism

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  1. Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; – opposed to egoism or selfishness.

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Altruism is an ethical doctrine that holds that the moral value of an individual's actions depend solely on the impact on other individuals, regardless of the consequences on the individual itself. James Fieser states the altruist dictum as: "An action is morally right if the consequences of that action are more favorable than unfavorable to everyone except the agent." Auguste Comte's version of altruism calls for living for the sake of others. One who holds to either of these ethics is known as an "altruist.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Altruism

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Google previewThe Politics of Charity (2011)

by Kerry O'Halloran

Altruism and the gift relationship Altruism is an unselfish concern for the welfare of others: a private act for public benefit. Usually represented by a gift of money, time or skill, altruism is the accepted hallmark of charity.

Essentially, altruism is a form of virtuous behaviour rather than a social construct.

Google previewBe A Mensch (2009)

Why Good Character Is the Key to a Life of Happiness, Health, Wealth, and Love by Moshe Kaplan

Altruism is a matter of the acting out of a certain inner character.1 Our interest in altruism is an interest in character. 1. This discussion is the tip of a philosophical iceberg. The critic will ask whether we can do what your friend cannot - can we ...

Google previewHarmonics of Evolution (1906)

The Philosophy of Individual Life, Based Upon Natural Science, as Taught by Modern Masters of the Law by Florence Chance Huntley

True Altruism is that state or condition of the soul in which all of its energies and activities are centered upon the needs and requirements of our common humanity. It is that stage of development where the well-being and the advancement of ...

Google previewAdvances In The Study Of Behavior (2016)

Psychology, Cognitive psychology by CTI Reviews

Altruism: Altruism is a concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a coreaspectof various religious traditions, though the concept of 'others' toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures ...

Google previewProceedings (1904)

Altruism is the law of affinity or mutual aid. Aggregation — organism — community — association. Altruism is the impulse or sentiment of gregarious- ness. From chemical affinity to conjugal, parental, and patriotic love it is manifested. 6. Natural ...

Google previewAddresses and Proceedings of the ... Annual Meeting (1904)

by National Education Association of the United States. Meeting

Altruism is the law of a/finity or mutual aid. Aggregation—organism— community —association. Altruism is the impulse or sentiment of gregariousness. From chemical affinity to conjugal, parental, and patriotic love it is manifested. 6. Natural ...

Google previewJournal of Proceedings and Addresses of the ... Annual Meeting (1904)

by National Educational Association (U.S.). Meeting

Altruism is the law o] affinity or mutual aid. Aggregation — organism — community — association. Altruism is the impulse or sentiment of gregarious- ness. From chemical affinity to conjugal, parental, and patriotic love it is manifested. 6. Natural ...

Google previewIntroduction to Logic (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Altruism is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of 'others' toward whom concern should be directed can vary ...

Google previewJournal of Proceedings and Addresses of the ... Annual Meeting Held at ... (1904)

by National Educational Association (U.S.)

Altruism is the law oj affinity or mutual aid. Aggregation — organism — community — association. Altruism is the impulse or sentiment of gregarious- ness. From chemical affinity to conjugal, parental, and patriotic love it is manifested. 6. Natural ...

Google previewOrigins of Altruism and Cooperation (2011)

by Robert W. Sussman, C. Robert Cloninger

But altruism is a tricky subject. Here is the 64,000-dollar question (or, given the scale of global...

Altruism is an aporia because the question of true motive is indeterminate. Lately it seems that the shoe has been dropping on the side of ...

Google previewHow to Think Like a Knowledge Worker (2008)

Firstly, altruism is a tenet of social ethics (concern for others) rather than personal ethics (concern for one's self) - or so it...

Google previewAddresses and Proceedings - National Education Association of the United States (1904)

by National Education Association of the United States

Altruism is the law of affinity or mutual aid. Aggregation — organism — community — association. Altruism is the impulse or sentiment of gregarious- ness. From chemical affinity to conjugal, parental, and patriotic love it is manifested. 6. Natural ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Careful Economics by Maren A. Jochimsen, ISBN 9781402074677 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Altruism: Altruism is a concern for thewelfareof others. It isa traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various...

Altruism is the opposite of selfishness. Thomas Garnett: Thomas Garnett (17661802) was an English physician ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2011)

by Shane J. Lopez

aUniversity of Wisconsin, Oshkosh;bUniversity of Texas at Tyler For centuries, altruism has spurred debate among philosophers and great thinkers including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Mill, Nietzsche, Hume, Smith, and Kant.

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

altruism. Modern, intimate studies of animal behaviour have repeatedly shown that nature is not always 'red in tooth and claw'. Individuals help each other: to avoid predation (sounding alarms, joining in co-operative defence, sometimes ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (2016)

by Paul Joseph

Altruism is the selfless devotion to the wellbeing of others who belong to the same communities, which can be real or imagined. It is a trait that is innate, learned, or both. This moral virtue—cherished in traditional and modern societies —marks ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of leadership (2004)

A-E by George R. Goethals, Georgia Jones Sorenson, James MacGregor Burns

Although the following examples of OCB are in a reciprocity-based context, this context does not preclude cases in which such behaviors might qualify as acts of genuine altruism. For example, leadership behaviors including charisma, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Anthropology (2005)

by H. James Birx

Altruism is the attitude that consists of according one's regards to the Other ( alterin Latin), personally or globally, as a principle of one's choices and actions. Opposed to egoism, it implies sincere and unselfish concern for the well-being of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2008)

by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Altruism is a modern sociological term that was intended to include all “other- regarding” behaviors, and to supersede all theological categories for generous love. In recent years— largely under the distorting influence of evolutionary ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Myers See also Altruism; Empathic Accuracy; False Consensus Effect; Projection; Theory of Mind Further Readings Batson, C. D., Ahmad, N., & Stocks, E. L. (2004). Benefits and liabilities of empathy-induced ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Civil Society (2009)

by Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler

Second, previous research has largely restricted itself one-sidedly to the acts of altruism by individuals as givers, not receivers. However, in order to understand altruism as a societal and social phenomenon, both directions should be explored ...

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Anonymity is the truest expression of altruism. (Eric Gibson)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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