David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4):39-67 (2012)
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)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Julia Annas (1981). An Introduction to Plato's Republic. Oxford University Press.
Julia Annas (1999). Platonic Ethics, Old and New. Cornell University Press.
Julia Annas (1993). The Morality of Happiness. Oxford University Press.
Renford Bambrough & Arthur W. H. Adkins (1962). Merit and Responsibility: A Study in Greek Values. Philosophical Quarterly 12 (49):366.
Richard B. Brandt (1996). Facts, Values, and Morality. Cambridge University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Robert Shaver, Egoism. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Dale Jamieson (1981). Rational Egoism and Animal Rights. Environmental Ethics 3 (2):167-171.
Robert Shaver (1998). Rational Egoism: A Selective and Critical History. Cambridge University Press..
David P. Gauthier (1970). Morality and Rational Self-Interest. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.,Prentice-Hall.
Alison Hills (2010/2012). The Beloved Self: Morality and the Challenge From Egoism. Oxford University Press.
W. D. Glasgow (1978). Broad on Psychological Egoism. Ethics 88 (4):361-368.
Bruce Russell (1982). On the Relation Between Psychological and Ethical Egoism. Philosophical Studies 42 (1):91-99.
Francesco Orsi (2008). The Dualism of the Practical Reason: Some Interpretations and Responses. Etica and Politica / Ethics and Politics 10 (2):19-41.
Alexander Moseley, Egoism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Colin Jerolmack & Douglas Porpora (2004). Religion, Rationality, and Experience: A Response to the New Rational Choice Theory of Religion. Sociological Theory 22 (1):140-160.
Thomas Nagel (1970). The Possibility of Altruism. Oxford Clarendon Press.
Scott Berman (2003). A Defense of Psychological Egoism. In Naomi Reshotko (ed.), Desire, Identity and Existence. Academic Printing and Publishing.
Colin Farrelly (2003). A Challenge to Brink's Metaphysical Egoism. Res Publica 9 (3):243-256.
Peter Roberts (2012). Education and the Limits of Reason: Reading Dostoevsky. Educational Theory 62 (2):203-223.
Added to index2012-04-26
Total downloads40 ( #51,892 of 1,692,449 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #33,556 of 1,692,449 )
How can I increase my downloads?