Rational Egoism Are Selfish And Do Everything Essay

893 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Rational egoism is when people are selfish and do everything in their own self-interest. Rational egoists act rationally for their long term happiness. Dumbledore does not want to die slowly and without dignity. He is probably also in pain from his illness. Albus is not happy with the thought of dying in this way. He would prefer to die by assisted suicide, than by dying slowly by illness. He would be happier with dying, than continuing to live knowing that the illness will slowly kill him. So according to rational egoism, Dumbledore is morally right to commit assisted suicide.
1b. Rational egoism is when people are selfish and do everything in their own self-interest. Rational egoists act rationally for their long term happiness. Snape was initially hesitant of agreeing to help Dumbledore. Killing Albus probably hurt Snape at first. Who would be happy about helping their friend commit suicide? In the long run, though, Snape carrying out this act was what Albus wanted. Snape was probably happy that his friend was no longer suffering. Snape also gained more credibility with Voldemort. Being able to help bring down Voldemort, who killed Lilly who Snape loved, probably brought Snape great happiness. So, in the long run, helping Dumbledore commit suicide helped with Snape’s own happiness. Following rational egoism, Snape was morally right to carry this out, since it helped his own long-term happiness.

2a. Categorical imperative is about not having double standards. If a…

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