Richard Houchin's Reviews > The Altruistic Species: Scientific, Philosophical, and Religious Perspectives of Human Benevolence

The Altruistic Species by Andrew Michael Flescher
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Jul 01, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy

I took the college class on which this book is based. Professor's Flescher and Worthen presented most of the source material and arguments found in The Altruistic Species over the course of a grueling semester : )

So, much of the book was kinda boring in that it was a rehash of what I've already heard.

On the upside, there is some new material in there for me, and they made their cases more strongly and with less reservation than in class. I also got to fill the margins with notes of my own. It's definitely a provoking book, and in positing that other-regard is inherent in human beings it may give a boost to an otherwise cynical Objectivist philosophy, and it certainly deals a great blow to any religion which claims to be a source of morality.

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