Prosocial acts

What Counts As Altruism? People Judge Good Acts Harshly When They Are Performed For Selfish Ends

Philosophers have long debated what constitutes genuine altruism. Some have argued that any acts, no matter however charitable, that benefit both the actor as well as the recipient, are altruistically “impure”, and thus can’t qualify as genuinely selfless. For example, volunteering at a soup kitchen would no longer be considered altruistic if we received a hot meal in return for our efforts. However, other scholars have argued that the act remains altruistic if the benefits of prosocial behaviour are an unintended consequence. ….[READ]