The Central Conflict: Morality and Self‐Interest

Joseph Raz

in Engaging Reason

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248001
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598272 | DOI:
 The Central Conflict: Morality and Self‐Interest

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Self‐sacrifice does not necessarily involve conflict between morality and self‐interest, and when making sacrifices we do not necessarily harm our self‐interest. While people may reasonably care about their own well‐being, a person's well‐being is not, for that person, a source of value or reasons for action. People act for reasons, i.e. for what appears to them to be adequate reasons, regardless of whether or not they serve their well‐being. Sometimes, the reasons that appear to be conclusive, even when conforming with them affects the agent adversely, are moral reasons.

Keywords: morality; reasons; self‐interest; well‐being

Chapter.  15182 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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