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egoism and self interest theories

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL275H1
Professor
Bialystock
Semester
Fall

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Ethics LectureSeptember 14 2011Theories of SelfInterestEgoism and SelfInterestPsychological egoism humans can only act from selfregarding motives even if we wanted to act out the goodness of our hearts we can only actually act in selfregarding motives what is in ones interest to do is a description of how we act doesnt tell us what to do but rather shows that we dont have a choice in the matter descriptive ethical claimEthical egoism human should only act from selfregarding motives normative claim PEEE arrow means it entails you cant have PE without having EE if you believe you can only act from selfregarding motives youre not gonna go do something for someone else EEPE this isnt trueThomas Hobbes believes in both PE and EEBoth are structural say we only can and only ought to do what is in our selfinterest but they dont say what our selfinterest isWe can talk about what selfinterest is without subscribing to egoismParfits Three T
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