The Age of Empathy (Ebook)

Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

Frans de Waal

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Empathy is not just a human trait - we can see it across the animal kingdom as a key element of evolutionary success

'Kindness and co-operation have played a crucial role in raising humans to the top of the evolutionary tree ... We have thrived on the milk of human kindness.' Observer

BY THE AUTHOR OF ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?

'There is a widely-held assumption that humans are hard-wired for relentless and ruthless competition ... Frans de Waal sees nature differently - as a biological legacy in which empathy, not mere self-interest, is shared by humans, bonobos and animals.' Ben Macintyre, The Times

Empathy holds us together. That we are hardwired to be altruistic is the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology which has kept society from slipping into anarchy. But we are not alone: primates, elephants, even rodents are empathetic creatures too.

Social behaviours such as the herding instinct, bonding rituals, expressions of consolation and even conflict resolution demonstrate that animals are designed to feel for each other. From chimpanzees caring for mates that have been wounded by leopards, elephants reassuring youngsters in distress and dolphins preventing sick companions from drowning, with a wealth of anecdotes, scientific observations, wry humour and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential reading for all who believe in the power of our connections to each other.

Publication date: 01/01/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9780285639652

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

The Age of Empathy (Paperback)

Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society

Frans de Waal

Empathy is not just a human trait - we can see it across the animal kingdom as a key element of evolutionary success

'Kindness and co-operation have played a crucial role in raising humans to the top of the evolutionary tree ... We have thrived on the milk of human kindness.' Observer

BY THE AUTHOR OF ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?

'There is a widely-held assumption that humans are hard-wired for relentless and ruthless competition ... Frans de Waal sees nature differently - as a biological legacy in which empathy, not mere self-interest, is shared by humans, bonobos and animals.' Ben Macintyre, The Times

Empathy holds us together. That we are hardwired to be altruistic is the result of thousands of years of evolutionary biology which has kept society from slipping into anarchy. But we are not alone: primates, elephants, even rodents are empathetic creatures too.

Social behaviours such as the herding instinct, bonding rituals, expressions of consolation and even conflict resolution demonstrate that animals are designed to feel for each other. From chimpanzees caring for mates that have been wounded by leopards, elephants reassuring youngsters in distress and dolphins preventing sick companions from drowning, with a wealth of anecdotes, scientific observations, wry humour and incisive intelligence, The Age of Empathy is essential reading for all who believe in the power of our connections to each other.

Publication date: 11/07/2019

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788164443

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Reviews for The Age of Empathy

'His writing and science are infectiously good'

Adam Rutherford Guardian

'There is a widely held assumption that humans are hard-wired for relentless and ruthless competition... Frans de Waal sees nature differently - as a biological legacy in which empathy, not mere self interest, is shared by humans, bonobos and animals'

Ben Macintyre The Times

'A pioneer in primate studies, Frans de Waal sees our better side in chimps, especially our capacity for empathy'

 Wall Street Journal

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

 Economist

'Warm, engaging and empathetic ... the more we learn about nature, the more richly we're able to imagine a better society'

 Independent

Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. The author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University's Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.