Lecture 04 - Arguments for Ethical Egoism Hobbes nature/self-preservation Altruism is self-defeating Value of individual life if I cater to others

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Arguments for Ethical Egoism Hobbes: nature/self-preservation Altruism is self-defeating Value of individual life - if I cater to others I can't cater to me. Why should I subordinate to the needs of others? Egoism includes morality - acting egoistically doesn’t mean one stomps on the interests of others. Instead it means it will go around and come around, like a karmic repayment. Medlin: Against Ethical Egoism Ultimate principles. lthough most should be more altruistic, the average joe says look after yourself. this is an incoherent doctor but has a flavor of common wisdom that people assert. This argument isn't that egoism is unethical, it’s non-ethical. Universal egoism is Ethical Egoism, ignoring the needs of others to prioritize ours. It is Universal to distinguish from the other kind, Individual Egoism. IE takes everyone else’s views out of the way and puts the self-interests of the one as the center. Ethical Egoism cannot be preached. One would only preach a universal doctrine and the universal theory
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PHL 275 taught by Professor Laurenb. during the Fall '11 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Lecture 04 - Arguments for Ethical Egoism Hobbes nature/self-preservation Altruism is self-defeating Value of individual life if I cater to others

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