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These essays examine the nature of self-interest and the relationship between rationality and morality. Some challenge the assumption that morality is exclusively concerned with the pursuit of the good of others, arguing that self-interest can be a legitimate moral motive. Some ask whether it is possible to resolve the apparent conflict between self-interest and morality by appealing to some third, overarching standard, or by showing that self-regard and regard for others share significant common features or spring from a common source. Others explore the relationship between self-interest and practical reason, or between self-interest and virtue.
1. Beyond self and other Kelly Rogers; 2. The wisdom of the egoist: the moral and political implications of valuating the self Jean Hampton; 3. Reasonable self-interest Thomas E. Hill Jr; 4. Gyges' Choice: overridingness and the Unity of Reason David Copp; 5. Self-Interest: What's in It for Me? David Schmidtz; 6. Self-Love and Altruism David O. Brink; 7. Self-Interest and Self-Concern Stephen Darwall; 8. Who is rational economic man? Jennifer Roback Morse; 9. Happiness and meaning: two aspects of the good life Susan Wolf; 10. Self-Interest and virtue Neera K. Badhwar; 11. The virtue in self-interest Michael Slote; 12. Self-interest, altruism, and virtue Thomas Hurka.