Setting the Scene: The Rise and Coalescence of Heroism Science

Setting the Scene: The Rise and Coalescence of Heroism Science

By
Scott T. Allison, George R. Goethals, Roderick M. Kramer
Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership. New York: Psychology Press (Taylor and Francis),
2017

This opening chapter of the Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership offers insights and inspiration about the zenith of human behavior. The contributions to this volume offer a sturdy foundations for the development of a multidisciplinary and even transdisciplinary perspective on the antecedents and consequences of heroic behavior. In aggregate, these chapters chart the landscape of what we currently know about heroism-related phenomena, covering a panoply of  human experiences. The chapters encompass such diverse topics as courage, empathy, resilience, hope, meaning, purpose, spirituality, morality, altruism, character strengths, wisdom, development, regeneration, and transformation.