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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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We often deceive ourselves as to the real motives for our actions, and we rationalize them later. The thought experiment is designed to test the limits of our tolerance for harmless but deeply offensive forms of behavior.

Namely, nothing follows from a tautology. It is not the genesis of an action or the origin of its motives which makes it a ‘selfish’ one, but rather the ‘purpose’ of the act or the objective of its motives; not where the motive comes from in voluntary actions it always comes from the agent but what it aims at determines whether or not it is selfish.

This is analogous to the tennis player who only enjoys tennis when she wins. This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat If we really only do things for the sake of pleasure or avoiding pain, then a person like Jones p.


Joel Feinberg – Wikipedia

How would the truth of such a contention be established? Two Types of Psychological Hedonism. History of Western Philosophy.

Retrieved from ” https: Synthetic statements —their truth or falsity is derived not from meaning but, rather, from facts. Consider the following point by J. Oxford University Press,p. Is your point that there a variety of ‘happinesses’ which are entwined in an experience such that they can’t come apart, e. A long citation here characterizes such a life: The Oxford Companion to Philosophy.

Thursday, March 7, Joel Feinberg: Review The Path Principle: But let me put the following thought out there. John Stuart Millin his classic On Libertyhad given a staunchly “liberal” answer to this question.

Further, they claim the solution to avoiding suffering is enlightenment. I apologize, I was a little tired when I wrote up the post. The third argument for the thesis [near total self-deception] is unlikely: A Note on Professor Lemos’ Discussion. Another analogy is that of friendship. Nonetheless, they might contend that our other ultimate motives self-fulfillment, power, etc.

Joel Feinberg

Feinberg studied at the University of Michiganwriting his dissertation on the philosophy of the Harvard professor Ralph Barton Perry under the supervision of Charles Stevenson. Altruism and Psychological Egoism in Normative Ethics.


Joel Feinberg presents a multitude of arguments against psychological egoistic hedonism. To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. Feinberg has multiple responses to this one: That means all actions are selfish.

Psychological Egoism By Joel Feinberg

This indicates that there are things we do for their uoel sake, and also enjoy them as an added bonus. Analytic statements —true by definition here empirical information is irrelevant and superfluous. If one unpacks the notion of happiness to include getting satisfaction from relationships with others, getting a sense of self-worth from achievements at work,getting a feeling of support and belonging by having close relationships with family members, feeling pride from having and being a good friend, etc.

Jowl presentations Profile Feedback Log out. Unclear Logical Status of the Theory: The second argument for psychological egoism [getting what one wants and receiving pleasure] is also flawed: