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The Age of Empathy

Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

By Frans de Waal
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The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal

The Age of Empathy (2009) debunks popular theories which suggest that human nature is inherently selfish, cut-throat and prone to violence. Evidence provided by biology, history and science makes clear that cooperation, peace and empathy are qualities that are as natural and innate to us as our less desirable traits.

  • Anthropologists curious about human nature
  • Sociologists interested in our innate biological ability to bond with others
  • Students interested in how social science, politics, evolution and biology intersect

Frans de Waal is one of the world’s most renowned primatologists. A professor at Emory University, he has authored many other books, including Primates and Philosophers, Our Inner Ape and Chimpanzee Politics. In 2007 he was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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