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Path Home: Empathy, Altruism and Agape

Friday, October 1, 1999
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m Perspectives on the Origins of Altruism
Moderated by Jeffrey Schloss, Ph.D.- Westmont College

Elliott Sober, Ph.D.- University of Wisconsin
Mapping the Conceptual Terrain

Leda Cosmides, Ph.D. and John Tooby, Ph.D.- University of California, Santa Barbara
Friendship, engagement, and the Banker’s Paradox: Other pathways to the evolution of altruism


William Durham, Ph.D.- Stanford University
The Role of Culture in the Evolution of Altruism

David Sloan Wilson, Ph.D.- Binghamton University SUNY
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Altruism in Evolutionary Theory

Discussion with Audience

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Emotions and Empathy
Moderated by William Hurlbut, M.D.- Stanford University

Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph. D. - Emory University, Yerkes Primate Living Links Center
The Communication of Emotions and the Possibility of Sympathy in Monkeys and Apes

Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.- University of Iowa Hospital
The Neurobiology of Emotion


Hanna Damasio, M.D.- University of Iowa Hospital
Impaired Emotion and Social Behavior Following Brain Damage

William Hurlbut, M.D.- Stanford University
Empathy, Evolution and Ethics

Discussion with Audience

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Dinner

Guest Speaker: Rev. Eugene Rivers, Ella J. Baker House

Saturday, October 2, 1999
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Introduction and Opening
Moderated by Greg Fricchione, M.D.- Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Thomas R. Insel, M.D.- Emory University, Yerkes Primate Center
The Molecular Biology of Monogamy

Greg Fricchione, M.D.- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brain Evolution: Separation, Attachment and Agape


Jerome Kagan, Ph.D. - Harvard University
The Human Moral Sense

Don Browning, Ph.D.-The University of Chicago
Agape, Empathy and the Foundational/Nonfoundational Debate

Discussion with Audience

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch - Guest Speaker: Joan Eads, Zone Coordinator, L’Arche USA
2:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. Self, Others, and Sacrifice
Moderated by William Hurlbut, M.D.- Stanford University

Jeffrey P. Schloss, Ph.D. - Westmont College
Is It Really More Blessed to Give than to Receive?: Emerging Questions in the Evolution of Radical Altruism

Edith Wyschogrod, Ph.D. - Rice University
Pythagorean Bodies and the Body of Altruism


Stephen J. Pope, Ph.D.- Boston College
The Ordering of Love

Rev. Robert Hamerton-Kelly - Woodside Village Church
The Emergence of Radical Love in the Biblical Tradition

Discussion with Audience

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Dinner

Guest Speaker: Dame Cicely Saunders, St. Christopher’s Hospice

Sunday, October 3, 1999
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Introduction and Opening

Moderated by Jeffrey Schloss, Ph.D. - Westmont College

Samuel P. Oliner, Ph.D., Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute
Extraordinary Acts of Ordinary People: Faces of Heroism and Altruism

Pearl Oliner, Ph.D. - California State University - Humboldt
Ingroup and Outgroup Altruism: Protestants and Catholics

Kristen Renwick Monroe, Ph.D. - University of California
How Identity and Perspective Constrain Choice


Dan Batson, Ph.D. - University of Kansas
Addressing the Altruism Question Experimentally

V.S. Ramachandran, Ph.D. - University of California, San Diego
Neural Basis of empathy and of artistic experience

Discussion with Audience

12:10 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Moderated by Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. - Case Western University, Center for Biomedical Ethics

Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. - Fetzer Institute
The Human Experience of Agape & Compassion: Conceptual mapping and data from selected studies

Ruben L.F. Habito, Ph.D. - Southern Methodist University
Compassion as Outflow of Wisdom: A Buddhist Perspective

Lawrence Sullivan, Ph.D.- Harvard University, Center for the Study of World Religions
Can Religions Progress in Love as Science Progress in Knowledge? An Overview and Appraisal


3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Comments/Summary - Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.Case Western Reserve University, Center for Biomedical Ethics
Agape: Its Meaning and Scientific Future

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closing: Appreciation, Hopes, and What Comes Next
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reception
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