Title

The Failings of Ethical Egoism

Date

5-29-2014 1:30 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 2:00 PM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy Department, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper seeks to show how Ethical Egoism falls short as a philosophical moral doctrine. I begin by distinguishing Ethical Egoism from Psychological Egoism, and then illustrate the various existing moral arguments for and against it, concluding with my own. I highlight the various ways in which Ethical Egoism is inappropriate, but particularly insofar as it fails to resolve the most basic conflicts that a moral doctrine should address. I argue that Ethical Egoism is in deep conflict with human nature.

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May 29th, 1:30 PM May 29th, 2:00 PM

The Failings of Ethical Egoism

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

This paper seeks to show how Ethical Egoism falls short as a philosophical moral doctrine. I begin by distinguishing Ethical Egoism from Psychological Egoism, and then illustrate the various existing moral arguments for and against it, concluding with my own. I highlight the various ways in which Ethical Egoism is inappropriate, but particularly insofar as it fails to resolve the most basic conflicts that a moral doctrine should address. I argue that Ethical Egoism is in deep conflict with human nature.