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ethical egoism and psychological egoism

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL275H1
Professor
Bialystock
Semester
Fall

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Ethics Lecture September 21, 2011 Ethical Egoism • Acting egoistically doesn’t mean you stomp on the interests of others; it means being nice to others because people may be nice to me if I’m nice to them “what goes around, comes around”. Being nice is in my self interest so that’s why I do it Medlin Against Ethical Egoism • Is internally incoherent; doesn’t make sense by its own criteria • Universal egoism: everyone ought to look after their own self- interests and ignore any interests that come into conflict; yours over anyone else’s • Individual egoism: one should look after their own self-interest; everyone else should do whatever they want. It is good for me to look after my own self interest o He notices that ethical egoism cannot be preached; you can’t convince other people of it. You can’t preach a universal doctrine. When you preach ethical egoism you have subordinated your ethical egoism because you recruited them o Telling others to be egoists it not moral advice an
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