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Beyond Self-interest by Jane J. Mansbridge
Book DescriptionA dramatic transformation has begun in the way scholars think about human nature. Political scientists, psychologists, economists, and evolutionary biologists are beginning to reject the view that human affairs are shaped almost exclusively by self-interest a view that came to dominate social science in the last three decades. In "Beyond Self-Interest," leading social scientists argue for a view of individuals behavior and social organization that takes into account the powerful motivations of duty, love, and malevolence. Economists who go beyond "economic man," psychologists who go beyond stimulus-response, evolutionary biologists who go beyond the "selfish gene," and political scientists who go beyond the quest for power come together in this provocative and important manifesto. The essays trace, from the ancient Greeks to the present, the use of self-interest to explain political life. They investigate the differences between self-interest and the motivations of duty and love, showing how these motivations affect behavior in "prisoners' dilemma" interactions. They generate evolutionary models that explain how altruistic motivations escape extinction. They suggest ways to model within one individual the separate motivations of public spirit and self-interest, investigate public spirit and self-interest, investigate public spirit in citizen and legislative behavior, and demonstrate that the view of democracy in existing Constitutional interpretations is not based on self-interest. They advance both human evil and mothering as alternatives to self-interest, this last in a penetrating feminist critique of the "contract" model of human interaction."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226503608
(238mm x 153mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jane J. Mansbridge
Deliberative Systems, Paperback (September 2013)
A major new statement of deliberative theory that shows how states, even transnational systems, can be deliberatively democratic.
Oppositional Consciousness, Paperback (December 2001)View all books by Jane J. Mansbridge
How can people be induced to sacrifice even one minute of their lives for the group's sake? These essays conceptualize the patterns of negotiation, struggle, and crafting that characterize "oppositional consciousness", a mental state that prepares an oppressed group to undermine a dominant system.
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Author Biography - Jane J. Mansbridge
Jane J. Mansbridge is professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is author of "Why We Lost the ERA" and "Beyond Adversary Democracy," both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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