Q&A Radio: Sunday, 6 October 2013, Question 2
I answered a question on psychological egoism on Philosophy in Action Radio on 6 October 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Isn't every action selfish, ultimately? Unless coerced, people act however they deem best at that moment. Even if that action is harmful to themselves, aren't they acting selfishly, so as to satisfy their own desires? Even paragons of altruism act because they want to help people, please God, or save the environment: that's what makes them happy. So isn't true, deep-down altruism impossible?
My Answer, In Brief: Psychological egoism is a form of determinism: a person cannot but act egotistically. It's completely incompatible with ethical egoism – and false.
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