How Should I Be? A Defense of Platonic Rational Egoism

European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):n/a-n/a (2012)
Abstract
There has been a long tradition of interpreting Plato as a rational egoist. Over the past few decades, however, some scholars have challenged this reading. While Rational Egoism appeals to many ordinary folk, in sophisticated philosophical circles it has fallen out of favor as a general and complete account of the nature of reasons for action. I argue that while the theory of practical rationality that is often equated with rational egoism—a view that I call ‘Simple-Minded Rational Egoism'—is neither plausible nor endorsed by Plato in his Republic, there is a more complex version of Rational Egoism to which Plato is indeed committed. Moreover, such a conception of practical rationality is not vulnerable to the standard set of objections that contemporary philosophers have made against Rational Egoism
Keywords Rational egoism  Republic
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,351
External links
  • Through your library Configure
    References found in this work BETA

    View all 45 references

    Citations of this work BETA

    No citations found.

    Similar books and articles
    Robert Shaver, Egoism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Alexander Moseley, Egoism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    Scott Berman (2003). A Defense of Psychological Egoism. In Naomi Reshotko (ed.), Desire, Identity and Existence. Academic Printing and Publishing.
    Analytics

    Monthly downloads

    Added to index

    2012-04-26

    Total downloads

    26 ( #56,514 of 1,088,374 )

    Recent downloads (6 months)

    4 ( #24,197 of 1,088,374 )

    How can I increase my downloads?

    My notes
    Sign in to use this feature


    Discussion
    Start a new thread
    Order:
    There  are no threads in this forum
    Nothing in this forum yet.