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Morality and Self-Interest$
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Paul Bloomfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305845

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305845.001.0001

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Morality, Self, and Others

Morality, Self, and Others

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Morality and Self-Interest

W. D. Falk

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One would hardly be a human being if the good of others, or of society at large, could not weigh with one as a cogent reason for doing what will promote goodness. So one has not fully learned about living like a rational and moral being unless one has learned to appreciate that one ought to do things out of regard for others, and not only out of regard for oneself. In the first place, not everything done for oneself is done for reasons of prudence. That one ought to insure one's house, save for one's old age, not put all one's money into one venture, are precepts of prudence. But it is not a precept of prudence, though it may be a good precept that someone ought to undergo a dangerous operation as a long shot to restoring his health rather than linger under a disability forever after.

Keywords:   cogent, prudence, linger, precepts, disability

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