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Morality and Self-Interest

Paul Bloomfield


The relationship between morality and self-interest is a perennial one in philosophy, at the center of moral theory. It goes back to Plato's Republic, which debated whether living morally was in a person's best interest. Hobbes also claimed that morality was not in the best interests of the individual; Kant, however, thought that morality ought to be followed anyway even if it was not in a person's interest. Aristotle, Hume, Machiavelli, and Nietzsche all had much to say on the subject, and contemporary philosophers like Thomas Nagel and David Gauthier discuss it a good deal as well. This book ... More

Keywords: morality, self-interest, Plato, the Republic, Hobbes, Kant, Aristotle, Hume, Machiavelli, Nietzsche

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305845.001.0001


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Paul Bloomfield, author
University of Connecticut
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