Re: poly: Warm-Glow, not Altruism

From: Nick Bostrom <>
Date: Tue May 26 1998 - 13:44:48 PDT

I wrote:

> > For this case a natural explanation is that charity isn't driven by
> > altruism; people *aren't* altruistic. Instead, people just like the
> > act of giving, regardless of whether it helps or not.
> Hmm... Then, how comes people never give to people who are richer
> than themselves?

On second thought, people sometimes give birthday presents to
people who are better off than themselves.

Nicholas Bostrom
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics
Received on Tue May 26 19:52:55 1998

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