Authors
Brad Hooker
University of Reading
Abstract
The prevailing theory of self-interest holds that one’s Iife goes well to the extent that one’s desires are fulfilled. In a couple of seminal papers, Overvold raised a devastating objection to this theory---namely that the theory makes self-sacrifice logically impossible. He then proposed an appealing revision of the prevailing theory, one which provided adequate logical space for self-sacrifice. And he analyzed his revised theory’s implications for the question whether being moral is in one’s self-interest. My paper assesses Overvold’s arguments and proposals, and it shows how they can be modified in certain ways so as to be even more attractive.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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ISBN(s) 1053-8364
DOI jpr_1991_6
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