Origin of altruism
Examples from the Web for altruism
And the men, of course, cannot always, or probably even usually, be acting out of altruism.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He believes brain chemistry undermines his sense of free will and personhood and that psychology explains away love and altruism.
Of course, Ford was motivated more by self-interest than by altruism.Henry Ford Understood That Raising Wages Would Bring Him More Profit|Daniel Gross|January 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Ant and the Peacock is about two disagreements between Darwin and Wallace: altruism and sexual selection.What Richard Dawkins Reads: Jerry Coyne, Helena Cronin and More|Josh Dzieza|September 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The downside of altruism is that closely bonded communities also tend to be more closed off to outsiders.Why We Riot: How Fans Turned an Egypt Soccer Match Into a Bloodbath|Jeff Wise|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There is often a selfish purpose behind his altruism, his broad charitable organizations.'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Agnosticism, Secularism, Spiritualism, and Altruism had not come into existence.Christopher Crayon's Recollections|J. Ewing Ritchie
At large, the notion was that American altruism would never involve the country in any difficulty.The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
A red-blooded woman like me to take to altruism, as some take to drugs!Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Altruism is a powerful magnet; good men are "as true as steel."Happiness as Found in Forethought Minus Fearthought|Horace Fletcher
Word Origin for altruism
1853, "unselfishness, opposite of egoism," from French altruisme, coined or popularized 1830 by French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857), from autrui, from Old French altrui, "of or to others," from Latin alteri, dative of alter "other" (see alter). Apparently suggested to Comte by French legal phrase l'autrui, or in full, le bien, le droit d'autrui. The -l- is perhaps a reinsertion from the Latin word.
There is a fable that when the badger had been stung all over by bees, a bear consoled him by a rhapsodic account of how he himself had just breakfasted on their honey. The badger replied peevishly, "The stings are in my flesh, and the sweetness is on your muzzle." The bear, it is said, was surprised at the badger's want of altruism. ["George Eliot," "Theophrastus Such," 1879]
A selfless concern for others.