Psychological egoism

Egoism is a broad ethical doctrine that claims moral decisions are (and, in some cases, should be) made in self-interest. At the opposite end of the spectrum would be Altruism (also sometimes called benevolence), which states that decisions can (and, in some cases should) be completely selfless. Hobbes argues that even apparently altruistic acts can be viewed through egoism (as selfish) in that a person may gain a good feeling or some other benefit by helping others. His opponents would argue that this is a pessimistic or negative worldview. What do you think? Do you believe moral decisions/actions can be selfless? Or are all of our decision made with at least some self-interest in mind? Whatever your opinion, explain your reasoning.

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the driver’s behavior is altruistically motivated (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2020). The driver’s actions show genuine care towards the children’s wellbeing. Hence, I acknowledge that an individual’s actions can be selfless due to the intuitive nature of kindness and helping others improve their welfare. Being selfless is a choice an individual makes for the good and wellbeing of others. However, these actions may not be merely right to others, but this does not prevent the altruistic individuals from being charitable.

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Psychological egoism