Eighteenth Lecture

Eighteenth Lecture - February 23, 2009 Philosophy 4:...

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February 23, 2009 Philosophy 4: Eighteenth Lecture Normative Ethics (Continued) Summary So Far: - Think of nor m ative ethics as asking th e qu estion of which actions are th e right on es to do? o The qu estion is not asking of any p articular action wheth er or not it’s th e right thing to do. It’s asking g en erally what th e right thing to do is (what types of things a m I obligated to do?) - Glaucon argu es th at we always do what’s in our best interest (sometimes this is what’s moral, sometimes now) - Further more, when we put off th e d e m a nds of mor ality and act in our own b est interest we are h appy - And, since th e goa - l of life is to b e h appy, acting s elf-interestedly, th en, is what we should do Two types of Egoisms: - Psychological Egoism : the view that all our actions are performed out of self interest o This view denies that there are altruistic acts - Ethical Egoism : the view that the right action is the one that best advances your own interests o This is a view about how to judge actions.
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course PHIL PHIL 4 taught by Professor Huizenga during the Winter '09 term at UCSB.

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