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“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Egotism or Altruism, a False Dilemma


Authors:
Ivan Katsarski BAS, Bulgaria

Pages: 299-315

Abstract:

The paper presents a critical analysis of some basic assumptions in sociobiology. Its main hypothesis is disputed that altruism is in fact just a form of egotism. Critique reveals the internal inconsistency as well as the methodological unfeasibility of the hypothesis. On that basis, the idea is supported that the egotism – altruism opposition is a false dilemma. Social organisation presupposes primary transindividual relationship the features of which are also subject of examination.

Keywords:

egotism, altruism, sociobiology, social organization.

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