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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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SELF-CONCERN AND SELF-APPROVAL

SELF-CONCERN AND SELF-APPROVAL

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(p.321) 24 SELF-CONCERN AND SELF-APPROVAL
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The Retreat of Reason
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DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0025

Chapter 23 concluded that the bias towards oneself is not rationally justifiable. This chapter tries to provide a causal explanation of the elements of this bias. It explains how self-concern arises out of the anticipation of future experiences. And it explains self-approval, or liking for oneself, as being based on properties one is aware of oneself as having rather than on the recognition of identity.

Keywords:   anticipation of experiences, bias towards oneself, liking, self-approval, self-concern

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