• Latin: alter, other


Unselfish interest in another; a theory of conduct propounded by the French philosopher, Auguste Comte (1798-1857), according to which only actions having for their object the happiness of others possess a moral value; the theory that the chief good and the supreme end of conduct are to be found only in disinterested devotion to the welfare of others.

MLA Citation

  • “altruism”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 November 2019. Web. 2 March 2021. <>