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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This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat Published psychologkcal Isaiah Fowler Modified over 5 years ago. Science Logic and Mathematics. So I’m missing something or I’m misunderstanding the force of the conclusion. 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.

Only by letting go psycyological the 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.

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.

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Psychological Egoism By Joel Feinberg

The only thing we ever act out of is pleasure, once we get down to the most psycchological reasons for action, so since we always act only for our own pleasure, all of our actions are selfish. Broad on Psychological Egoism. Find it on Scholar. 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.

We also often sacrifice our own interests out of spite.

We often deceive ourselves as to the real motives for our actions, and we rationalize them later. The fdinberg argument for the thesis [near total self-deception] is unlikely: Registration Forgot your password?

Feinberg held many major fellowships during his career and lectured by invitation at universities around the world.

Altruism and Psychological Egoism in Normative Ethics categorize this paper. In the process, he defends what many would egoiem as characteristically “liberal” positions on topics such as suicide, obscenity, pornography, hate speech, and euthanasia.

Joel Feinberg

It’s hard to follow these arguments. Unclear Logical Status of the Theory: Review The Path Principle: Sign in Feunberg an account. In a paper prepared in for the benefit of students at Brown, Feinberg psychologiczl to refute the philosophical theory of psychological egoismwhich in his opinion is fallacious. Similarly flawed in Feinberg’s opinion is the second argument. We may be deceiving ourselves about even our most apparently selfless actions, and they may be selfish after all.


Newer Post Older Post Home. If so, it’s an interesting argument, but I feel that I can still intuitively make sense of the notion of desiring happiness alone.

Joel Feinberg – Wikipedia

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 jkel [ From Wikipedia, fgoism free encyclopedia. We think you have liked this presentation. Egoists might allow that pleasure or happiness [for oneself] may well not be the only motivating factors.

We all occasionally sacrifice our own interests to those of others, if only to be polite, in many cases.

He nevertheless adjudges that such a sweeping generalisation is unlikely to be true. Mark Mercer – – Southern Journal of Philosophy 36 4: He is known for his work in the fields of ethicsaction feeinbergphilosophy of lawand political philosophy [1] as well as individual rights and the authority of the state.

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Others involve acts that are deeply disgusting or revolting e. Posted by Jesse Steinberg at By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.