Empathy, Altruism, and Justice: Another Perspective on Partiality

  • C. Daniel Batson
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Abstract

As children, our first encounter with the concept of justice was almost certainly secondhand. A sibling or friend was scolded for “not being fair,” and we were given a turn with the toy (but too brief) or the candy was redivided so that we got more (but not enough). At times, we were the one chided and forced to give up part of our hoard. What did we learn from this primordial experience with fairness? Likely, we learned that appeals to justice can be a powerful lever for prying people and goodies apart. By the time we reached the playground, we knew that “Not fair!” was a potent accusation, one that almost always led to redress, justification (rationalization?), fight, or flight (Solomon, 1989).

Keywords

Procedural Justice Random Method Social Dilemma Experimental Social Psychology Altruistic Motivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Daniel Batson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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