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Generosity is the habit of giving. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable habit. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (from wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... In psychology, habituation is an example of non-associative learning in which there is a progressive diminution of behavioral response probability with repetition of a stimulus. ... A gift or present is the transfer of money or goods without requiring something in return (at least not immediately); by extension it can be anything that makes the other more happy or less sad, especially as a favor, including forgiveness, and kindness (even when the other is not kind). ... Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck // The word charity entered the English language through the O.Fr word charite which was derived from the Latin caritas.[1] In Christian theology charity, or love (agapē), is the greatest of the three theological virtues... Personification of virtue (Greek ἀρετή) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Virtue (Latin virtus; Greek ) is moral excellence of a person. ...

In times of natural disaster, relief efforts are frequently provided, voluntarily, by individuals or groups acting unilaterally in making gifts of time, resources, goods, money, etc. Mount Pinatubo eruption, 1991 A natural disaster is the consequence of the combination of a natural hazard (a physical event e. ...

Generosity is an altruistic trait of the philanthropist, and a guiding principle for many registered charities, foundations and non-profit organizations. For the ethical doctrine, see Altruism (ethics). ... A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her time, money, or reputation to a charitable cause. ... // Legal definitions A charity is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ... A Foundation is a type of philanthropic organization set up by either individuals or institutions as a legal entity (either as a corporation or trust) with the purpose of distributing grants to support causes in line with the goals of the foundation. ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ...

Generosity can also be spending time, money, or labour, for others, without being rewarded in return.

Although the term generosity often goes hand-in-hand with charity, many people in the public's eye want recognition for their good deeds. Donations are needed to support organizations and committees, however, generosity should not be limited to times of great need such as natural disasters and extreme situations.

Generosity is not solely based on one's economic status, but instead, includes the individual's pure intentions of looking out for society's common good and giving from the heart.Generosity should reflect the individual's passion to help others.

A common example of true generosity are many non-profit organizations. These organizations, whether small or large, provide free tools, supplies, and endure hours of work to improve conditions and give to less fortunate people.

See also

For the ethical doctrine, see Altruism (ethics). ... Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective. ... Selfishness is, at base, the concept and/or practice of concern with ones own interests in some sort of priority to the interests of others; it is often used to refer to a self-interest that comes in a particular form, or above a certain level. ...

External references

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However, to the extent that she does point to a generosity of flesh, this indicates an ontology that departs from Sartre's individualism and from a Hegelian ideal of unity and moves beyond the anti-body logic of both.
While her generosity toward Sartre seems to have no bounds, suggesting as she does that everything she says is already in his work, her generosity toward Merleau-Ponty is of the less desperate kind.
As generosity maintains alterity and ambiguity in the possibilities it opens, it is not based on an ideal of mutual exchange between equals.
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