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INTRINSIC CONCERN FOR OTHERS

David O. Brink

in Perfectionism and the Common Good

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780199266401
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600906 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199266409.003.0017

Series: Lines of Thought

INTRINSIC CONCERN FOR OTHERS

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This chapter examines Aristotle's and Green's concern for the common good. It is argued that both Aristotle and Green have the analytic resources to provide a eudaimonist justification of interpersonal concern that is derivative but not instrumental. This is why Green views interpersonal love as the next best thing to immortality, and why Aristotle and Green both claim that a proper conception of how others figure in self-love undermines the popular contrast between self-love and altruism.

Keywords: T. H. Green; Aristotle; common good; eudaimonia; self-love; altruism

Chapter.  709 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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