Lecture 3 Hobbes - September 19 From Psychological Egoism...

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Unformatted text preview: September 19 From Psychological Egoism to Ethical Egoism Reminder: Tutorials You must sign up for a tutorial on ROSI Tutorials start THIS FRIDAY, September 23 Quick review of self-interest Is there a fact about whats in our self-interest? PH, ST, and OLT propose facts about what is in our self-interest (hedonism, desire-fulfillment, and objective list, respectively) The content of PH and ST is SUBJECTIVE: no one else can tell us what our preferences or desires are The content of OLT is OBJECTIVE: there are certain things that are good for us, whether we prefer/desire them or not But OLT can leave room for subjectivity, e.g. It is objectively in your self-interest to read books you prefer Can we be mistaken about our own self-interest? Psychological egoism Humans can only act from self-regarding motives Types of proofs: Desire-fulfilment Hedonism Nature/self-preservation (Hobbes) Types of Refutation: Not all desires are selfish...
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Lecture 3 Hobbes - September 19 From Psychological Egoism...

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