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The Invention of Altruism

The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain

Thomas Dixon

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2012
ISBN:
9780197264263
eISBN:
9780191734816
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264263.001.0001

‘Altruism’ was coined by the French sociologist Auguste Comte in the early 1850s as a theoretical term in his ‘cerebral theory’ and as the central ideal of his atheistic ‘Religion of Humanity’. This ... More

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