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The Beloved Self: Morality and the Challenge from Egoism

Alison Hills


The Beloved Self is about the ‘holy grail’ of moral philosophy: an argument against Egoism, that we all have reasons to be moral. The first part of the book introduces three versions of Egoism, each paralleling a different moral theory, and sheds new light on the concept of self-interest in virtue ethics and especially in Kant's moral theory. Part Two looks at attempts to prove that Egoism is false, and shows that even modest arguments against Egoist appear to fail. Part Three discusses the relationship between knowledge and action and defends a new conception of moral epistemolog ... More

Keywords: egoism, virtue ethics, Kant, knowledge, moral understanding, morally worthy action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.001.0001


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Alison Hills, author
University of Oxford
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