psychological egoism
See egoism.

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  • Psychological egoism — is the view that humans are always motivated by self interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. It claims that when people choose to help others, it is ultimately because of the personal benefits they themselves expect to obtain,… …   Wikipedia

  • psychological egoism — noun see egoism …   Useful english dictionary

  • psychological egoism — n. view that all human motivation is egoistic or selfish, view that people act egoistically in their own interest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Psychological egoism — the descriptive view that humans are always motivated by self interest …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • egoism — is usually considered in two forms. Psychological egoism is the view that people are always motivated by self interest. Ethical egoism is the view that whether or not people are like this, they ought to be like this; usually this is advanced in… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Egoism — may refer to any of the following:* psychological egoism, the doctrine that holds that individuals are always motivated by self interest * ethical egoism, the doctrine that holds that individuals ought to do what is in their self interest *… …   Wikipedia

  • egoism — /ee goh iz euhm, eg oh /, n. 1. the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one s personal interest; selfishness (opposed to altruism). 2. egotism or conceit. 3. Ethics. the view that morality ultimately rests on self interest. [1775 85; …   Universalium

  • Rational egoism — is the thesis that the pursuit of one s own self interest is always rational. [Baier (1990), p. 201; Gert (1998), p. 69; Shaver (2002), §3; Moseley (2006), §2.] The view is a normative form of egoism. However, it is different from other forms of… …   Wikipedia

  • Ethical egoism — is the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their self interest. It differs from psychological egoism, in that psychological egoism is the claim that people can only act in their self interest, while ethical egoism… …   Wikipedia

  • Ethical egoism — the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self interest. It is distinguished from psychological egoism and rational egoism. It contrasts with ethical altruism, which holds that moral agents have an ethical… …   Mini philosophy glossary

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