The Interdisciplinary Study of Generosity: The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

  • Patricia Snell Herzog
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity book series (PSAMSS)


This chapter explains how different disciplines illuminate various aspects of the same phenomenon. The Science of Generosity Initiative projects employ multiple methods to explore generous activities and their correlates through a myriad of lenses. This chapter integrates their findings toward describing how to pursue interdisciplinarity, beginning first with a description of the content and modes of interdisciplinarity. The projects in this initiative provide a means of visualizing and analyzing how distinct disciplines come together to study a shared set of topics. This chapter also names ten challenges of interdisciplinarity and proposes ten opportunities for relatively simple interventions designed to limit the challenges and promote the strengths.


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