Psychological egoism and hobbes

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Abstract

Many commentators think that Hobbes was committed to psychological egoism. Psychological egoism is a theory of human psychology claiming that all human actions are ultimately motivated solely by one's own self-interest. In this paper, I argue that there are reasons to think that Hobbes was not committed to psychological egoism in any of its plausible formulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalFilozofia
Volume71
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hobbes - psychological egoism - psychological hedonism - Tautological egoism - motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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