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The Beloved SelfMorality and the Challenge from Egoism$
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Alison Hills

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.001.0001

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Against Egoism

Against Egoism

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(p.233) 11 Against Egoism
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The Beloved Self
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Alison Hills (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.003.0011

Since it is typically not epistemically rational to suspend judgement in response to moral disagreements, someone who accepts common sense morality and therefore the premises of a modest vindication of morality is entitled to use that argument against Egoism, despite the disagreement of Egoists (and disputes about the form that premise should take). But whilst Egoists can devise modest vindications of Egoism, it is not open to most of them to accept their premises, because it is typically epistemically rational, given the function of those beliefs according to Egoism, to suspend judgement in response to disagreements with moral agents. In other words, it is not epistemically rational to believe the most plausible forms of Egoism.

Keywords:   modest vindication, morality, epistemic rationality, Egoism, function

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