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The Age of Empathy

Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

September 21, 2010 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780771027383
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An engrossing, lucid exploration of the origins of human morality that challenges our most basic assumptions, from the world's leading primatologist

Is it really human nature to stab one another in the back in our climb up the corporate ladder? Competitive, selfish behaviour is often explained away as instinctive, thanks to evolution and "survival of the fittest," but in fact humans are equally hard-wired for empathy. Using research from the fields of anthropology, psychology, animal behaviour, and neuroscience, de Waal brilliantly argues that humans are group animals -- highly cooperative, sensitive to injustice, and mostly peace-loving -- just like other primates, elephants, and dolphins. This revelation has profound implications for everything from politics to office culture.

About this Author

Frans de Waal is a world-renowned primatologist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, he has written eight books and his work has been translated into fourteen languages. In 2007, Time magazine called him one of the 100 World's Most Influential People.

ISBN: 9780771027383
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 304
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: 2010-09-21


"As nature writers go, de Waal is among the most accomplished. . . . an excellent tour guide, refreshingly literate outside his field, deft at stitching bits of philosophy and anthropology into the narrative. He is also pleasingly opinionated."
-- Globe and Mail

"Freshly topical . . . . a corrective to the idea that all animals -- human and otherwise -- are selfish and unfeeling to the core."
-- The Economist

"The lessons of the economic meltdown, Hurricane Katrina, and other disasters may not be what you think: Biologically, humans are not selfish animals. For that matter, neither are animals, writes the engaging Frans de Waal ... The Age of Empathy offers advice to cutthroat so-called realists: Listen to your inner ape."
-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"An important and timely message about the biological roots of human kindness."
-- Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape

"[De Waal] culls an astounding volume of research.... fascinating."
-- Publishers Weekly

"An appealing celebration of our better nature."
-- Kirkus Reviews

Magnetic reading."
-- Booklist

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