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Altruizm – zabobon czy użyteczna idea?
Altruism − superstition or useful idea?

Author(s): Janusz Łukaszyński
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego we Wrocławiu
Keywords: superstition; altruism; reciprocal altruism; egoism; norm

Summary/Abstract: In this article, I describe the potential solution of the classic anthropological and ethical problem. In this case altruism is a superstition or a useful idea. Using the method of the analysis of sources, I show two potential solutions to this problem. In the first sort of solution authors deny the existence of pure altruism and argue that altruism is always based on social obligation, guilt, sympathy or other egoistic desire. The second sort of solution refers to practical implications of altruism. Authors support altruism and they show value of altruism for the public good. My final conclusion is: altruism is a useful superstition (useful idea).

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1 (05)
  • Page Range: 162-173
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish