First, after reading Paul Farmer's "On Suffering and Structural Violence," define structural violence as you understand it. Be clear and specific; I must see that you understand the term in the context of the reading. Feel free to turn to an internet definition (as long as you cite it)
Then, in Jeremy Mercer’s “The Altruism in Economics,” he asserts that, “A growing body of experimental work by behavioral economists proves altruism not only exists but is one of our primary motivations, even in financial affairs…….” And later in the article, concludes with, “It’s not that this new breed of economists will be Pollyannas or usher in a financial revolution, but they could help us transcend the poisonous lies of standard economic theory and build a truer foundation for our fiscal policies.”
Given your own life experiences, your work history, your education and studies, discuss Mercer’s ideas about altruism. Do you think that altruism could be a primary—or even primal—motivation? Do you even think true altruism exists? If you aren’t clear about what the term means, make sure to look it up and read about it in more depth before you get going on the assignment! Spend a few paragraphs developing your ideas and assertions so that details and specifics highlight your perspective.
Please also post a thoughtful response to a minimum of two of your classmates. Remember, it is okay to agree to disagree! We see these issues through the lens of our own experience, and we may in fact have different perspectives!
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||06/10/2014 12:00 am