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Altruism, collective rationality, and extreme self-sacrifice

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posted on 2019-03-07, 12:11 authored by A Colman, B Pulford
Puzzlement about extreme self-sacrifice arises from an unarticulated assumption of psychological egoism, according to which people invariably act in their own self-interests. However, altruism and collective rationality are well established experimentally: people sometimes act to benefit others or in the interests of groups they belong to. When such social motives are sufficiently strong, extreme self-sacrifice presents no special problem of explanation and does not require outgroup threats.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2018, 41

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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0140-525X

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1469-1825

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2018-06-11

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2018

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2019-06-27

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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences/article/altruism-collective-rationality-and-extreme-selfsacrifice/EC3C6BB529D3BEED1BFDBBBEC6195DB9

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