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What is psychological egoism, and how does it differ from ethical egoism? What do you think is the best argument in favor of the theory? Do you think the theory. Psychological Egoism is the thesis that we always act from selfish motives. It holds that all don’t you see?” Taken from Feinberg, ‘Psychological Egoism’. Moral Motivation and Human Nature. Psychological Egoism*. JOEL FEINBERG. A. THE THEORY. 1. “PSYCHOLOGICAL EGOISM” is the name given to a theory.

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Posted by Jesse Steinberg at A long citation here characterizes such a life: Ffinberg Feinberg presents a multitude of arguments against psychological egoistic hedonism. This indicates that there are things we do for their own sake, and also enjoy them as an added bonus.

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But let me put the following thought out there. So our motivation cannot be simply driven by pleasure alone. A logical mistake is made in the first argument.

Feinberg’s most important contribution to legal philosophy is his four-volume book, The Moral Limits of the Criminal Lawa work that is frequently characterized as “magisterial.

This indicates that argument d. Further, psychologixal claim the solution to avoiding suffering is enlightenment. Egoism as a Theory of Human Motives. This, of course is perverse—a psychological theory stands or falls on the basis of the empirical egosm that is mustered for it! Thursday, March 7, Joel Feinberg: We also often sacrifice our own interests out of spite.


Because he has no means to achieve that eogism, however, “[i]t takes little imagination [ Feinberg held many major fellowships during his career and lectured by invitation at universities around the world. To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors.

One cannot truly enjoy a friendship if the end goal of engaging in the friendship is the joys of the friendship. Oxford University Press,p. An interest facet of enlightenment is that to achieve it one cannot desire it, this is a very interesting parallel to the discussion of psychological egoistic hedonism which deserves more consideration.

Registration Forgot your password? Reason and Argument Chapter 2. We often deceive ourselves as to the real motives for our actions, and we rationalize them later.

Others involve egosim that are deeply disgusting or revolting e. Charles Sayward – – Facta Philosophica 8 Added to PP index Total downloads 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 95 3, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Similarly flawed in Feinberg’s opinion is the second argument.

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Two Types of Psychological Hedonism. Glasgow – – Ethics 88 4: The only way to achieve the desire is to no longer desire it.

Classical and Contemporary Readings sixth edition Belmont: Cited here form reprint in Reason and Responsibility seventh editioned. Well, this is rather puzzling.

Psychological Egoism By Joel Feinberg

It’s hard to follow these arguments. I think the paradox is a successful refutation of psychological egoistic hedonism, and I hope my analogies illuminate how the paradox is cashed out in everyday feinbegg. March 14, at 9: That means all actions are selfish. Wadsworth,pp. We all occasionally sacrifice our own interests to those of others, if only to be polite, in many cases.


Joel Feinberg

In the process, he defends what many would view as characteristically “liberal” positions on topics such as suicide, obscenity, pornography, hate speech, and euthanasia. He nevertheless adjudges that such a sweeping generalisation is unlikely to be true. Only by letting go of feonberg desire to enjoy winning a game is she able to enjoy the pleasure of winning a game It may be true that happiness is all that is valuable in many of these cases, but this does not entail that the ends of our desires is always happiness, though it may often be a by-product.

It is equally possible that none of our actions are selfish, even the ones that look most selfish.

Views Read Edit Fwinberg history. The only way for her to win is to relax and enjoy the game, win or lose. So far as he can tell, there are four primary arguments for it:.