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Egoism, Partiality, and Impartiality

Brad Hooker

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545971.013.0033

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Egoism, Partiality, and Impartiality

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This chapter discusses psychological egoism, ethical egoism, rational egoism, partiality, and impartiality. Partiality involves assigning more importance to the welfare or will of some individuals or groups than to the welfare or will of others. Egoism is an extreme form of partiality in that it gives overriding importance to the welfare of just one individual. While there are different kinds of impartiality, the kind that juxtaposes with egoism and partiality is impartiality towards the welfare or will of each.

Keywords: psychological egoism; ethical egoism; rational egoism; impartiality; partiality; welfare

Article.  10123 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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