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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The only way to achieve the desire is to no longer desire it. Bruce Russell – – Philosophical Studies 42 1: He also analyzes with great subtlety and skill concepts such as “harm,” “offense,” “wrong,” “autonomy,” “responsibility,” “paternalism,” “coercion,” and “exploitation.

Joel Feinberg

Nonetheless, they might contend that our other ultimate motives self-fulfillment, power, etc. Joshua May – – European Journal of Philosophy 19 1: Broad on Psychological Egoism. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Charles Sayward – – Facta Philosophica 8 Feinberg poses a thought experiment in which a character named Jones is apathetic about all but the pursuit of his own happiness.

Once she is no longer playing to win, she relaxes and thus wins. This indicates that argument d. Feinberg was internationally distinguished for his research in moralsocial and legal philosophy. Others involve acts that are deeply disgusting or revolting e. Blackwell Publishers,p.


Supplement on Feinberg’s “Psychological Egoism”

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 examples. Constructs such as ibid. In a paper prepared in for the benefit of students at Brown, Feinberg seeks to refute the philosophical theory of psychological egoismwhich in his opinion is fallacious. My presentations Profile Feedback Log out. Often, how we think and what we think.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Auth with social psycholohical We may be deceiving ourselves about even our most apparently selfless actions, and they may be selfish after all.

Well, this is rather puzzling. The thought experiment is designed to test the limits of our tolerance for harmless but deeply offensive forms of behavior. Sign in Create an account.

Joel Feinberg: Psychological Egoism

Just because all successful endeavour engenders pleasure does not necessarily entail that pleasure is the sole objective of all endeavour.

Some of the acts involve affronts to the senses e.

We all occasionally sacrifice our own interests to those of others, if only to be polite, in many cases. Still others involve affronts to our religious, moral, or patriotic sensibilities e.

Psychological Egoism By Joel Feinberg

Review The Path Principle: March 19, at The opening argument he dubs a tautology [14] from which “nothing whatever concerning the nature of my motives or the objective of my desires can possibly follow [ Altruism and Psychological Egoism in Normative Ethics.


Egoism as a Theory of Human Motives. Law Political philosophy more The Paradox of Hedonism: Alexander Moseley – – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Namely, nothing follows from a tautology. Is your point that there a variety of ‘happinesses’ which are entwined in an experience such that they can’t come apart, e.

Feinberg has multiple responses to this one: This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat Feinberg clarifies psychological egoism and maintains that there are several things wrong with this theory.

He uses William James ‘s psycohlogical to illustrate this fallacy: Critique of Psychological Egoism: Science Logic and Mathematics. In The Moral Limits of the Criminal LawFeinberg seeks to develop and defend a broadly Millian view of the limits of state power over the individual.

The third argument for the thesis [near total self-deception] is unlikely: