PHI 2600 Egoism Paper

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Yaunek Murray PHI 2600 1 Paper 1 Egoism In relation to the subject of moral theory, egoism is the idea that one’s morality and decision making procedure is based on an actions benefit to oneself. An egoist would be characterized by making for the most part selfish decisions. Although this theory might seem very simplistic it can be interpreted in different ways, egoism itself is broken down into two debated subcategories. The two categories that will be discussed in this paper are Ethical Egoism and Psychological Egoism. The more plausible and better defended argument is that of the ethical egoist. According to Shoemaker, they believe that all actions made by an agent should/ought to be done for the sake of self interest. This theory is labeled as a prescriptive theory, because it is one that attempts to explain the way things should be. The text suggests that an ethical egoist would only resort to moral code when it best serves them in the long term. The more outlandish and refutable argument is that of psychological egoism and its
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course PHI 2600 taught by Professor Matey during the Spring '08 term at FIU.

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