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Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

Editor-in-Chief: Višnovský, Emil

Ed. by Bianchi, Gabriel / Hrubec, Marek / Tartaglia, James

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Volume 21, Issue 4


The pragmatist conception of altruism and reciprocity

Emil Višňovský
  • Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta, Klemensova 19, 813 64, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2011-12-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0042-4


The paper provides an account of the pragmatist philosophical conception of reciprocity and altruism based on the ontology of “panrelationalism”. The Deweyan concepts of transaction and cooperation are also outlined in some detail as well as the pragmatist (Rortyan) idea of justice. The author attempts to show that altruism is not necessarily just reciprocal but demands as its supplement (at least) altruism without reciprocation.

Keywords: pragmatism; panrelationalism; transaction; cooperation; justice; altruism; reciprocity

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Published Online: 2011-12-25

Published in Print: 2011-12-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 21, Issue 4, Pages 437–453, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0042-4.

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