Would you say there is true altruism? Or is every action performed in order to b

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  1. lerevedurable profile image59
    lerevedurableposted 13 years ago

    Would you say there is true altruism? Or is every action performed in order to benefit one's self?

  2. Hiperion profile image59
    Hiperionposted 13 years ago

    Some people is really altruist. But the most of us only act in order to expect benefits from their actions.

  3. Quilligrapher profile image77
    Quilligrapherposted 13 years ago

    Altruism is an unselfish concern for the welfare of others: a mother for her children, a soldier falling on a grenade to protect his comrades, Mother Theresa, Mohamad, etc. People do feel the pain and misery of others and they respond in a way that provides some comfort. read more

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    R.G. San Ramonposted 13 years ago

    No, not all actions are for the benefit of one's self, although many are. Like the comment I posted on Quilligrapher's "Are altruistic acts truly unselfish?", the popular controversy on altruism is all about distinguishing between the concept of intention (motivation) and the rewarding effect of the behavior. I have posted the example of a man who failed to save himself by saving a child. In this example, the reward will be of no use to the man.

    But there is more to the subject of Altruism than the popular controversy surrounding it. I have made a similar article answering the question "Can Humans be truly Altruistic?" using twi different perspectives in Psychology. You can read it here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Can-Humans-be-truly-Altruistic

  5. thurstjm profile image67
    thurstjmposted 13 years ago

    I think both are true.  Every action is done to benefit one's self. However, in many cases a person will get more utility from helping others. It's teh feeling of self-satisfaction that comes from helping someone, and the guilt from not helping them, that makes people act altruistically. However, I don't think that makes their actions any less admirable.

  6. thetcross profile image60
    thetcrossposted 13 years ago

    Looking at Ramon's remark I would say that you would have to specify the semantics of the word 'benefit.' This gets into metaphysics but we could claim that the man who had expired went to heaven and then the sense of the word 'benefit' nullifies your argument.

  7. SEYMOUR ONE profile image60
    SEYMOUR ONEposted 12 years ago

    The philosophy you are alluding to in this question is Skepticism. Skepticism is widely disapproved of as a reasonable philosophy because, if one continuously speculates on intent then it would be impossible to explain the human condition or elucidate anything useful about existing. When one doesn't prove or disprove anything, one is not making an argument and as such provides no insight.


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