Altruism : A Concept Of Altruism

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Concept: Altruism Altruism derives from the French word autrui, meaning "other people”. The simple definition: feelings and behavior that show a desire to help other people. The full definition: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. (Merriam Webster Dictionary). People are willing to help others in times of need when a disaster happens regardless to their circumstances. This shows the heart of individuals toward others survival and recovery. Purpose of Concept Analysis The purpose of this concept, is to improve a concept analysis of altruism to observe the characteristics and attributes of the concept according to the eight steps of Walker & Avant’s method. In this analysis of the concept of altruism, I will identify critical attributes of the Walker & Avant’s method. Uses of the Concept The term altruism was coined, in French (altruisme), by Auguste Comte (1798–1857) in the first volume of his Système de politique positive (1851–1854; System of positive polity). The first uses in English followed in the 1850s and 1860s in works by British thinkers sympathetic to Comte, including George Eliot, G. H. Lewes, and John Stuart Mill (see Dixon, 2005). In the Comtean system, "altruism" stood for the totality of other-regarding sentiments. (Thomas, 2005) The concept of Altruism is the thread that ultimately holds many lives, families and communities together. In this concept analysis of altruism, it will demonstration how people’s values lie in assisting in

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