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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 mind its own business, and tend only to his own needs. We ought to take the most effective path to making everyone better off. Therefore, we each ought to mind our own business and tend only to our own needs. Minding our own business and keeping to ourselves will not morally benefit human beings, therefore the objection is false. Ethical Egoism is a greedy form of physiological…

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    Ethical egoism is a moral theory focused on improving a person’s well-being. There are many arguments for ethical egoism such as the self reliance argument and the best argument for ethical egoism, both presented by Shafer-Landau in The Fundamentals of Ethics. However, in this paper I will discuss how objections presented by Shafer-Landau and Dr. Thomas Carson are fatal to ethical egoism, while keeping in mind arguments for ethical egoism. I will discuss objections such as ethical egoism…

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    Ethical egoism varies from other ethical positions since it proposes that the enthusiasm of others anything to never be an element in good choice making. An ethical egoist accepts that helping others is not an ethical activity and that they anything to help other people just seeing that it would offer an advantage over the long haul. If it does not better me I “morally” do not have to do it. So, if killing, torturing, or robbing someone will help me better myself then morally right. The book…

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    Psychological egoism and ethical egoism are different in the sense that one of them is based on fact and the other is based on what ought to happen. Due to this each of these types of egoism have different outcomes that occur. Psychological egoism is the view that “all men are selfish in everything that they do, that is, the only motive from which anyone ever acts is self-interest” (72). This means that even when men are doing an action to benefit another they are “actually motivated by the…

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    Ethical egoism and utilitarianism both find their idea of morality in the same way. Both use the outcomes of their actions as the basis of what is morally correct. However they aren’t exactly the same, in the way they find their principles as to what the outcome should be. Ethical egoists want what is best for number one, themselves. Utilitarians want the greatest good for all people. Ethical egoism makes less sense than utilitarianism as a conduct for life practices. John needs money to buy…

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    Ethical egoism states that one should do things that benefit in their own interest. Some key features of ethical egoism are ethical subjectivism, Naïve Ethical egoism, and enlightened ethical egoism. This theory claims that we should act from self-love. However, Egoists have different views about what is good for the individual depending on the situation. In “Don’t Help Me” Kevin is confused about what steps he should take to help his friend, so I am going to advise him based on ethical egoism…

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    Example Of Ethical Egoism

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    normative ethical theories there are many choices that can best represent one’s own personal belief structure. The one that best suits 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…

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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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    Ethical Egoism Is Good

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    behavior. 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…

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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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