RGS6036.E1.ex2.5

RGS6036.E1.ex2.5 - Name: Exercise Number: 2.5 Exercise...

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Name: Exercise Number: 2.5 Exercise Theory Title: Ethical Egoism 1-Theory Description Ethical egoism claims that it is necessary and sufficient for an action to be morally right that it maximize one's self-interest. Cline explains that in Ethical egoism, an action is morally right if the consequences of the action are more favorable than unfavorable only to the moral agent performing the action. Basically, Ethical egoism dictates that one must do whatever is necessary to maximize one's long-term self interest. It is the prescriptive doctrine that all persons ought to act from their own self-interest. Furthermore, Frankena explains that “Ethical egoism is an ethical theory, not a pattern of action or trait of character, and is compatible with being self- effacing and unselfish in practice (Frankena, 1973, 18).” There are three type of ethical egoism: personal ethical egoism, individual ethical egoism and universal ethical egoism. First, personal ethical egoism is the belief that only I should act from the motive of self-interest. Example: I'm going to do what's in my best interests. Second, individual ethical egoism is the
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RGS6036.E1.ex2.5 - Name: Exercise Number: 2.5 Exercise...

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