The Best Objection to the Self‐Interest Theory

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI:
 The Best Objection to the Self‐Interest Theory

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Examines the Present‐aim Theory of rationality, or P; The Instrumental and Deliberative Theories, how desires can be intrinsically irrational, or rationally required; the Critical Present‐aim Theory, or CP; the relations between P, S, CP and morality; and Psychological egoism; offers the best objection to S; and how temporal neutrality is not what distinguishes S from P, or CP.

Keywords: aim; deliberative; egoism; instrumental; irrationality; rationality; reasons

Chapter.  9899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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