Altruism, Grief, and Identity

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (2):371 - 383 (2005)
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Abstract

The divide between oneself and others has made altruism seem irrational to some thinkers, as Sidgwick points out. I use characterizations of grief, especially by St. Augustine, to question the divide, and use a composition-as-identity metaphysics of parts and wholes to make literal sense of those characterizations.

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Donald L. M. Baxter
University of Connecticut

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