© 2002

Altruistic Reveries

Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Basant K. Kapur
  • Kim-Chong Chong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. Basant K. Kapur, Kim-Chong Chong
    Pages 3-11
  3. C. L. Ten
    Pages 13-22
  4. Michael Collins
    Pages 49-70
  5. Anthony Chang
    Pages 71-83
  6. Elizabeth Nair
    Pages 85-98
  7. Wei-Bin Zhang
    Pages 99-122
  8. Vincent C. H. Chua, C.M. Wong
    Pages 123-140
  9. Liew-Geok Leong
    Pages 141-150
  10. Basant K. Kapur
    Pages 171-182
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 183-187

About this book


Altruistic Reveries is a unique volume, which arises out of an Interdisciplinary Conference on Perspectives on Altruism from the Humanities and Social Sciences organized by the Centre for Advanced Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, in October 1999. Altruism is a deep, multi-faceted phenomenon, of great interest and relevance to scholars across the entire range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre therefore brought together experts in diverse disciplines - Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Political science - to examine and discuss the significance and role of altruism from their respective perspectives. A total of 10 papers in all were presented, and the volume is completed by an Introduction by the editors, and a final Concluding Chapter by one of the editors.
Among the issues discussed are: the efficacy of motivational altruism in the resolution of public issues; the genetic origins of altruism and its attendant risks; the metaphysical basis of altruism; empathy and altruism; altruism or social exchange; altruism in wartime; and the welfare state. A notable feature of the volume is that the various authors have not `talked past' one another. Although each is a specialist in his field, the papers are accessible to those in other fields, and to non-specialists. Both individually and together, they provide a rich set of insights and perspectives on altruism as a fundamental human and social phenomenon, which will edify, interest, and stimulate all readers of the volume.


Plato Political Science economics welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Basant K. Kapur
    • 1
  • Kim-Chong Chong
    • 1
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Altruistic Reveries
  • Book Subtitle Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Editors Basant K. Kapur
    Kim-Chong Chong
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-7480-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-5250-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-0809-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 187
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Microeconomics
    Economic Policy
    Political Science
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking