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"Adoption and Altruism: Those With Whom I Want to Share a Dream." Paul G. Schervish. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 21, no. 4 (Winter 1992): 327-350.
In this paper I propose a non-reductionist notion of altruism by reviewing various findings from my study on philanthropy among the wealthy, with a special emphasis on what I call adoption philanthropy. I argue that, for the most part, attempts to define altruism from deductive philosophical or theoretical reasoning are destined to disappoint, and that what positive understanding of altruism does remain must be gleaned from an inductive examination of adoption philanthropy.

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