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Altruism, collective rationality, and extreme self-sacrifice
journal contributionposted 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.
CitationBehavioral and Brain Sciences, 2018, 41
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