Deserving versus Justice

  • Melvin J. Lerner
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (CISJ)


Some years back, I was invited to attend a conference on altruism and helping behavior, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In trying to decide what to present to this illustrious group that would portray most dramatically and succinctly what I thought I had discovered about “how” and “why” people cared for one another, I chose a demonstration that I had been developing with various audiences during the previous year.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin J. Lerner
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  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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