Title

Morality, Rationality, And Self-Interest

Date of Award

1982

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

The problem considered concerns the relationship between the demands of morality, the requirements of rationality, and the dictates of self-interest. Are these demands, requirements, and dictates ever conflicting ones and, if so, why? The basic question considered is the old one, "Is it rational to be moral?" This question is shown to have an affirmative answer. To perform the right action is just to perform the rational action, the differences between "right" and "rational" lying, not in the action itself, but in the conditions which make such action possible.

Keywords

Philosophy

Link to Full Text

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