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Engaging ReasonOn the Theory of Value and Action$
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Joseph Raz

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199248001.001.0001

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The Central Conflict: Morality and Self‐Interest

The Central Conflict: Morality and Self‐Interest

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(p.303) 13 The Central Conflict: Morality and Self‐Interest
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Engaging Reason
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Joseph Raz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199248001.003.0014

Self‐sacrifice does not necessarily involve conflict between morality and self‐interest, and when making sacrifices we do not necessarily harm our self‐interest. While people may reasonably care about their own well‐being, a person's well‐being is not, for that person, a source of value or reasons for action. People act for reasons, i.e. for what appears to them to be adequate reasons, regardless of whether or not they serve their well‐being. Sometimes, the reasons that appear to be conclusive, even when conforming with them affects the agent adversely, are moral reasons.

Keywords:   morality, reasons, self‐interest, well‐being

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