Psychological Theories Of Psychological Egoism

1191 WordsDec 5, 20145 Pages
Do people really perform actions out of the sincere concern for others or are there always hidden agendas that are egoistically driven? This dissertation will take a closer look at these questions while exploring the views of psychological egotism and what its supporters believe drives us to act in certain ways. Although psychological egoism has not been attributed to many philosophers, it brings forth an interesting debatable point of view of human behavior. While psychological egoism is unquestionably a perceived theory, there hasn’t always been a substantial amount of experimental data that relates to the debate. However, there has been a good amount of empirical work that started in the late 20th century pertaining to the study of psychological egoism. There has since been evidence from biology, neuroscience, and psychology that has inspired interdisciplinary discussions. Psychological Egoism is an absolutist theory advocating that human being’s actions are ultimately motivated by their own self-benefit and self-fulfillment. In other words, the belief is that there is always an ulterior motive to any behavior one performs for another making such acts beneficial to the performer in one way or another. One argument for psychological egoism suggests that people just do what makes them feel good, thereby making all acts selfish. By taking a more in depth view into all aspects of psychological egoism, one can have a better insight and understanding of why someone may favor
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