Rational Egoism: A Selective and Critical History

Rational Egoism: A Selective and Critical History

by Robert Shaver

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Rational Egoism: A Selective and Critical History by Robert Shaver

It is often thought that the rational thing to do must always be to pursue one's own self-interest, to pursue, in philosophical terms, rational egoism. This book is the first full-length treatment of rational egoism, and it provides both a selective history of the subject as well as a philosophical analysis of the arguments that have been deployed in its defense. Robert Shaver's conclusion from this survey is that none of the arguments for rational egoism or the instrumental theory of rationality are cogent. This is an important book not just for historians of philosophy but for all readers in philosophy or branches of the social sciences interested in theories of morality and rationality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521632539
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Hobbes; 2. The instrumental theory; 3. Sidgwick; 4. From Hobbes to Bentham; Index.

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