I agree with this paragraph:
“The locus of their care is in the other people involved in the situation – if things go better for those people, the altruist is happy. If things go worse, the altruist is sad. It doesn’t matter who helped those people, or what third parties thought of the situation.… ”
But I don’t think of the word ‘dispassionate’ (‘not influenced by strong emotion’) when I try to describe those behaviours. An altruistic person could have very strong feelings about the outcomes for the other person—I don’t see how ‘dispassionate’ comes into it at all.
Yeah, I think my title is too lossy. (Open to suggestions for alternatives!)
I’m trying to point to this thing where the altruist has basically no feelings / emotions about their particular actions. They have feelings about the situation in which they’re acting, and/or about other people in the situation.
So regarding their actions, the altruist is dispassionate.
My dictionary backs me up, somewhat: “Altruistic – showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others...”
I disagree with the claim ‘Altruists are dispassionate’ because it suggests that altruists have no feelings about anything, including outcomes for people they want to help.
I’d agree with the claim ‘Altruists don’t care who gets the credit.’
Agreed, I think.
What do you think about the claim “Altruists are dispassionate regarding the particular actions they take?”
I’d agree with that, although it’s not very catchy :P
Yeah, it’ll have to pass through the dank EA memes filter for any hope of catchiness.