Two traditions in the refutation of egoism

Journal of Philosophy 34 (23):617-628 (1937)
TO the egoist the ultimate justification of his acts lies in their being conducive of his personal interest. This refusal to submit his own interests to any moral test beyond themselves in their interrelations and prospects of fulfillment makes the egoist the object of fierce attack. The non-egoist is supposed to be always ready to question the ultimacy of his own interests. Even where he pursues them, it is because on some other basis-general happiness or duty or anything else-he thinks it right for a man in such circumstances to follow self-interest or give free play to inclination.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.2307/2018493
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