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Title: Visions of compassion : western scientists and Tibetan Buddhists examine human nature
Language of title: English
Editor: Richard J. Davidson
Anne Harrington, 1960-

Description: Visions of Compassion arose out of the 1995 Mind and Life conference entitled "Altruism, Ethics, and and Compassion." The meeting brought together the Dalai Lama with Western neuroscientists, philosophers, psychologists, an historian, a professor of economics, and others to discuss compassion and altruism from a variety of perspectives. Members engaged questions related to how compassion might be understood through neuro-biological investigation, how altruism might take place from an evolutionary perspective, human nature and ethics, the difference between Buddhist and Western views on emotion, socialization of positive emotions, and altruism in children and competitive environments. The book features the back-and-forth exchange between participants, as well as longer essays based on formal presentations given by the participating members during the conference. Also here are additional essays, including an original essay by the Dalai Lama, written particularly for this volume which attempt to resolve issues not settled in the meeting. (Zach Rowinski 2004-05-14)

Contributor: Anne Harrington, 1960-
Richard J. Davidson
Georges B. J. Dreyfus
Eisenberg, Nancy
Robert H. Frank
Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
Zara Houshmand
Clifford Saron
Elliott Sober
Ervin Staub
Publisher Place: New York
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Normalized publisher place: New York, NY
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.oup.com
Published Date: 2002
URL: http://www.mindandlife.org/conf95.html
Extent: xi, 263 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Dalai Lama
Mind and Life Institute
Natural selection
Cross-cultural dialogue
Social sciences
Human nature
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Philosophy
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Neuroscience
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology
Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Ethics
Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Ethics -- Environmental Ethics
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
Language: English

Table of Contents: Part I Historical and Philosophical Background -- 1. Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research / Zara Houshmand, Anne Harrington, Clifford Saron, Richard J. Davidson 3 -- 2. A Science of Compassion or a Compassionate Science? What Do We Expect from a Cross-Cultural Dialogue with Buddhism? / Anne Harrington 18 -- 3. Is Compassion an Emotion? A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Mental Typologies / Georges Dreyfus 31 -- 4. Kindness and Cruelty in Evolution / Elliott Sober 46 -- 5. Understanding Our Fundamental Nature / His Holiness the Dalai Lama 66 -- Dialogues, Part I: Fundamental Questions 81 -- Part II Social, Behavioral, and Biological Explorations of Altruism, Compassion, and Related Constructs -- 6. Toward a Biology of Positive Affect and Compassion / Richard J. Davidson 107 -- 7. Empathy-Related Emotional Responses, Altruism, and Their Socialization / Nancy Eisenberg 131 -- 8. Emergency Helping, Genocidal Violence, and the Evolution of Responsibility and Altruism in Children / Ervin Staub 165 -- 9. Altruism in Competitive Environments / Robert H. Frank 182 -- Dialogues, Part II: Pragmatic Extensions and Applications 213 -- Appendix About the Mind and Life Institute 247.

ISBN/ISSN: 019513043X
LOC: 2001021078
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
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Date Of Record Creation: 2004-05-13 16:50:47
Date Record Checked: 2004-05-13
Date Last Modified: 2006-05-15 16:48:48
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