Guilt over Self-Sacrifice
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 5 January 2014, Question 3
I answered a question on guilt over self-sacrifice on Philosophy in Action Radio on 5 January 2014. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should a person feel guilty for not acting selfishly enough? According to rational egoism, a person ought to act selfishly – not in the sense of hurting others, but in the sense of pursuing his own good. If a person fails to do that, should he feel guilty for failing to act morally?
My Answer, In Brief: An egoist can and should feel guilty when he harms himself – if that harm is serious and the product of a willful failure of morality, as opposed to a mere mistake.
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