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Ethics - Tutorial #5.

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHLA11H3
Professor
Kelin Emmett
Semester
Winter

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Ethics - Tutorial #5.  psychological egoism  (class debate)  conclusion:  all human action is selfish  ultimately aimed for self-interest  P1. all human action is motivated by the individual’s own aims  abstract  does not describe a specific case  extreme generalization  needs something more concrete  perhaps an example  colour analogy  ex. This is brown.  specific  (unlike P1.)  ex. All objects are coloured  abstract  (like P1.)  an action without a selfish aim  anonymously donating  note: saying that the action is still an act done in one’s self-interest if an indirect feeling of satisfaction is felt is another argument as it does not attack P1. nor P2.  P1.  if one has an action  one is aiming at something with that action  P1. needs to lead us from a trivial claim  needs to move to a more controversial claim  P2.  if an action is motivated by the individual
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