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    In this essay, I will defend psychological egoism as the most probable explanation for moral choice and motivation. I hold psychological egoism to be “the view that all men are selfish in everything that they do, that is, that the only motive from which anyone ever acts is self-interest” (Rachels 233). Since every action is moved by a desire to be satisfied, even in supposedly altruistic acts, one acts on a desire to satisfy one’s desire, so that supposedly altruistic acts are not actually altruistic. James Rachels, to whom my defining of psychological egoism is attributed, counters psychological egoism as incorrect moral skepticism. In the form of a Platonic dialogue, I will present, if successful, the impossibility for any ‘moral’ conduct beyond psychological egoism, counteracting Rachels own refutation in his essay, “Egoism and Moral Scepticism.” The dialogue will conclude with an explanation of psychological egoism as…

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    Ethical Egoism

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    Ethical Egoism and Self-Reliance Argument Ethics, Fall 2015 Meghan Higley My aim in this paper is to argue that the self-reliance objection does not show that Ethical Egoism is false. I will argue that Ethical Egoism never tells us to mind our own business and keep to ourselves. Ethical Egoism says that human beings always should morally do whatever will benefit themselves the most. The Self-Reliance argument says that the most effective way of making everyone better off is for each person to…

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    Ethical Egoism Is Good

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    Though there are quite a few philosophical theories to which a person may rest their convictions, ethical egoism is among the ones most debated. In this paper, I will argue as to why ethical egoism is not a good philosophy to follow. Ethical egoism is the normative theory that it is always morally right to encourage a person's own good. A normative theory is a hypotheses, or statement, that dictates what is right or wrong, and just, or unjust, in a society. Therefore, ethical egoism is the…

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    Example Of Ethical Egoism

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    my personal thought process and belief structure is Egoism. When I say “I am an egoist” I automatically know what the majority of people will think, and that is “how selfish of you to think only of yourself”? When most people hear the word egoist it is automatically associated to have an extremely negative meaning about a person being a selfish person. Ethical egoist should not be confused with someone who is selfish, since this is not the traits of the egoist. The egoist believes that moral…

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    In Landau’s book, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Chapter seven focuses on psychological egoism. The backbone of this theory is that all human actions are driven by human’s egotistical desires. Landau defends this theory by stating, “Psychological egoism is a theory about human motivation: it tells us that our only motivation is to make ourselves better off.” (Landau 106) This means in order for someone to adopt this theory they must believe that even trivial events that seem very altruistic are…

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    In many ways, every person does indeed have a motive. Whether it is positive or negative, the thought process that determines action does not stop to think whether it’s ethical or unethical. There are two distinctive traits from the term egoism. First, psychological egoism is the assessment that all people, with no exception, base their actions by first seeking their own self-interest. I believe this is true, but in the same defense; there are occasionally some objections to my opinions.…

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    Psychological egoism is a clear claim that all moral beings should act in their own self-interest, even when appearing to act in the interest of others. On the other hand, ethical egoism is a standardizing claim, which states that moral beings commit to do what is in their best interest. The difference between both claims is that one is a normative claim and the other is a descriptive claim. A descriptive claim (psychological egoism) describes the actions of moral beings and creates a moral…

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    In many ways, every person does indeed have a motive. Whether it is positive or negative, the thought process that determines action does not stop to think whether it’s ethical or unethical. There are two distinctive traits from the term egoism, but there is one that sticks out more than the other. Psychological egoism is that all people (no exceptions) that base their actions by first seeking their own self-interest. I believe this is true, but in the same defense; there are seldom some…

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    Arguments Against Egoism

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    o Although egoist may agree that a man exists for his own sake, egoism neglects our nature as social creatures.”. o Main source texts: Stephen M. Cahn, A supreme Moral Principle. o The Egoist declares us all selfish and that humans are only motivated by self-interest. Philosophers such as Ayn Rand elaborates saying it our best nature to only be concerned about one’s self as it the main motive for one’s existence. I. Main argument. o Your main premise: The Egoist Claims we are all selfish just…

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    In the case of the trolley problem I would rely on ethical egoism to justify my decision to divert the train, thus saving the five and killing the one. Before I elaborate on my justification it would be wise to explain the major premises that ethical egoism (henceforth, just egoism) asserts. First, the only thing with inherent value according to egoism is self interest. Somewhat like hedonism, egoism demands a careful deliberation of value in any given situation where a moral choice is…

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