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The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

Mark R. Leary

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172423
eISBN:
9780199786756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Human beings are unique in their ability to think consciously about themselves. Because they have a capacity for self-awareness not shared by other animals, people can imagine themselves in the ... More


The Beloved Self: Morality and the Challenge from Egoism

Alison Hills

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199213306
eISBN:
9780191594212
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The Beloved Self is about the ‘holy grail’ of moral philosophy: an argument against Egoism, that we all have reasons to be moral. The first part of the book introduces three versions of ... More


Conclusion

Alison Hills

in The Beloved Self: Morality and the Challenge from Egoism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199213306
eISBN:
9780191594212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Common sense morality is in a better epistemic position than Egoism, for those who accept common sense morality can modestly vindicate it – they can defend it to their own satisfaction – whereas most ... More


Sidgwickian Ethics

David Phillips

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199778911
eISBN:
9780199919093
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778911.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Henry Sidgwick’s The Methods of Ethics is one of the most important books in the history of moral philosophy. But it has not hitherto received the kind of sustained scholarly attention its stature ... More


Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

A. W. Price

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198248996
eISBN:
9780191681172
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book fully explores for the first time an idea common to Plato and Aristotle, which unites their treatments—otherwise very different—of love and friendship. The idea is that although persons are ... More


Civil and Political Justice

Simon Caney

in Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780198293507
eISBN:
9780191602337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019829350X.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Having argued, in Ch. 2, that there are universal moral values, the next logical step is to ask what these universal moral values are; this question is pursued in Chs 3 and 4, which consider ... More


Epilogue

A. W. Price

in Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198248996
eISBN:
9780191681172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The character of life that has permitted people to unite egoism and altruism to a certain degree is that which is called moral fecundity. It is necessary that individual life should diffuse itself ... More


From Rationality to Equality

James P. Sterba

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199580767
eISBN:
9780191745836
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580767.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Most contemporary moral and political philosophers would like to have an argument showing that morality is rationally required. This book provides just such an argument and further show that ... More


Gay Marriage and Liberal Constitutionalism: Two Mistakes

Robin West

in Debating Democracy's Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law, and Public Philosophy

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198294962
eISBN:
9780191598708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198294964.003.0021
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This argument for gay marriage based on its seamless sameness with straight marriage and the “equality” and equal treatment that sameness demands, deprives us of the opportunity to not only argue for ... More


The Good of Others

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096521
eISBN:
9780199833061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096525.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Because of their eudaimonistic structure, ancient theories have been criticized as egoistic, but this is a mistake, overlooking the place in them of philia or ‘friendship’, covering particular ... More


Mr. Barratt on ‘The Suppression of Egoism ’

Henry Sidgwick

in Essays on Ethics and Method

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250234
eISBN:
9780191598432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250231.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In his reply to Barratt's criticisms of his Methods of Ethics, Sidgwick states that Barratt misapprehends his position by overlooking the fact that he reviews various methods of ethics from a neutral ... More


The Sources of Practical Reasons

Robert Audi

in The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195158427
eISBN:
9780199871407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158427.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter considers whether practical reason is substantive or only instrumental. It examines egoism, in a normative form, as well as hedonism, for which pleasure and pain are the fundamental ... More


Egotisms

Peter Brooks

in Enigmas of Identity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151588
eISBN:
9781400839698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151588.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks into instances of individual self-obsession and what these have to say not only about persons but also the society or culture in which they must survive. As representatives of the ... More


Personal Good

Connie S. Rosati

in Metaethics after Moore

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199269914
eISBN:
9780191710032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269914.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter challenges one aspect of Moore's view. In his critical remarks about egoism as a theory of motivation, Moore argued that the notion of ‘good-for’, which figures in claims about this or ... More


Through the Eyes of the Ego

Mark R. Leary

in The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172423
eISBN:
9780199786756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

People process information about themselves, other people, and the world through the filter of their own self-images and egoistic desires. Their experience of the events that unfold around them is ... More


When Selves Collide

Mark R. Leary

in The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172423
eISBN:
9780199786756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

A great deal of unhappiness in friendships, romances, family relationships, and social life can be traced to how people construe themselves in their own minds. Once people form a social identity, ... More


Bringing Out the Best in the Self

Mark R. Leary

in The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172423
eISBN:
9780199786756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172423.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Having examined the many ways in which the ability to self-reflect can work against people's happiness and best interests, the book concludes with a discussion of ways in which readers can protect ... More


Heteronymity II: Taxonomies of Fictional Creativity: Joyce (continued) and Stein

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the taxonomy of imaginary literary works (supplementing the taxonomy of fictionalized life‐writings proposed in Chapter 5), and their scarcity during the nineteenth century. It ... More


Genius and the Commerce of Poetry

Andrew Kahn

in Pushkin's Lyric Intelligence

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199234745
eISBN:
9780191715747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234745.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter examines strategies of self-presentation in the literary marketplace, drawing connections between poems about censorship, commercial pressures, and art for art's sake, and the prophetic ... More


Rejecting the Illusion of Egotism

Karen C. Lang

in Four Illusions: Candrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151138
eISBN:
9780199870448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151135.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Repudiates the mistaken apprehension of impermanent phenomena as being a permanent self and criticizes the selfish and egotistic behavior exemplified by a king and undermines the king's false pride ... More


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