Presentation on theme: "Egoism vs. Altruism The study of Morality requires that one addresses the dilemma of Psychological Egoism & Altruism as well as focus on Ethical Egoism."— Presentation transcript:
Egoism vs. Altruism The study of Morality requires that one addresses the dilemma of Psychological Egoism & Altruism as well as focus on Ethical Egoism & Altruism.
What are Egoism & Altruism? Altruism: Acting for the sake of others. One may be altruistic to recognize obligations to other people. One may be altruistic by making ones interests as important as ones own. Egoism: Acting out of self-interest. People act respectfully or kindly for their own advantage
What is the Psychological Perspective? The Psychological perspective refers whether we are can only act primarily for our own self- interest or whether it is possible to act for the sake of others. Based more on the question of what is in our natures Do we naturally act for ourselves or for others? Is it possible to act for others interests?
Ethical Perspective Ethical Egoism: One ought to act selfishly Ayn Rands Virtue of Selfishness Ethical Altruism: One ought to act for others sake Joseph Butlers Critique of Ethical Egoism
Ayn Rand Virtue of Selfishness: Altruism permits no concept of a self-respecting, self- supporting man…altruism permits no view of men except as sacrificial animals. If an act is not in ones interests, it denies self- respect One must act for ones self-interest
Story of Lincoln & the Sow Lincoln argues he saves the piglets after hearing the mother squealing. Was his act one of egoism or altruism? Lincoln claims he was acting to avoid feeling guilty Goes back to the question of Psychological Egoism (is it possible to not act in self-interest)
Should we be Egoists or Altruists? Psychology Is it possible to act selflessly? If so, provide an example. If it is not possible, respond to the 3 arguments of Joseph Butler in the textbook (pg. 254-255). Ethics Can we create a principle (a moral obligation) to be Altruistic? i.e.: One ought to act for others interest rather than self-interest because… Can we create a principle (a moral obligation) to be Egocentric? i.e.: One ought to act for self-interest rather than the interests of others because...