Introduction: The Science of Generosity: From Disparate to Integrated

  • Patricia Snell Herzog
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity book series (PSAMSS)


The introduction defines generosity and links it to the approaches and vocabularies of various disciplines. The need for the book is reviewed, including the scholarly contributions to understanding learning to give, increasing knowledge through studying data gleaned from multiple methods, gaining insights into the consequences of generous behavior, and synthesizing and encouraging cross-discipline generosity research. This introductory chapter also describes the Science of Generosity Initiative and provides an overview of the projects and scholars that received funding. Emphasis is given to the range of social science disciplines the scholars in this initiative represent, as well as the multinational contexts they investigate. A road map to subsequent chapters illustrates the cohesion among the topics of the book.


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