1st Edition

Self-Interest
An Anthology of Philosophical Perspectives from Antiquity to the Present





ISBN 9780415912525
Published July 15, 1997 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Self-Interest discusses the reconciliation of inevitable self-concern with its manifest potential for harm. This anthology brings together the efforts of twenty three renown philosophers to address the matter of how to bring about such a reconciliation. The drive for self-preservation, as observed by Aquinas, is the first law of nature. With this self-love, however, comes the threat of "the excessive love of self". Self-Interest brings into discussion the reconciliation of necessary self-concern with its manifest potential for harm.
This anthology brings together the work of twenty-three important philosophers to address the question of how to bring about such a reconciliation. Contributors include: Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine of Hippo, Aquinas,Hobbes, Nicole, Mandeville, Butler, Hutchenson, Hume, Smith, Kant, Bentham, Mill, James, Nietzsche, Dewey, Rand, and Gauthier.

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"This book fills a previously unoccupied nich: it is an anthology of philosophical writings on self-interest... This text is a refreshing antidote to one current emphasis on the theory of games and rational choice." -- Ruth Sample, Philosophy in Reviewe