• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Morality! The theory of ethical egoism

Extracts from this document...


MORALITY! 'THE THEORY OF ETHICAL EGOISM'. This suggests that the goal of each person's life should be of his or her self-interest. Afterall, it is long-term happiness that is important, so you should be able to behave in such a way that you benefit in the long run. Everybody should apply this theory, as everyone should maximise his or her own happiness. ...read more.


The action with the greatest amount of happiness is the best one. 'THE DISCOVERED OR INVENTED ARGUMENT'. This is for those who believe that there is an absolute good way to live. The religious society may call it as 'living in accordance to god's will'. This means finding the correct principles in which one should live and then decide how to apply these principles. ...read more.


For those who believe in God, this is fine because we have a soul and the essence of free will. For atheists this is problematic. Atheists believe that the world works according to physical laws that are deterministic.... in other words, free will should not exist. Some philosophers such as zeno have said that we react to the world in a predetermined way, but we THINK that we are free; this means that we can never be held responsible for our actions, since they are not really free. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Political Philosophy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Political Philosophy essays

  1. What are the main features of utilitarianism as an ethical theory (10) Examine and ...

    This is Sidgwick's interpretation of utilitarianism. Sidgwick is therefore a believer in the utilitarian principle. Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote a book called Crime and Punishment, in this book the character Rasklnikov explains strong rule utilitarianism; "I maintain that if the discoveries of Kepler and Newton could not have been made known

  2. What are the advantages of utilitarianism?

    Although Mill seems arrogant he does show clearly the problem of calculating the greatest happiness and attempts to solve it. Applying the theory practically requires the ability to predict the long-term consequences of an action, and to predict these consequences with unfailing accuracy.

  1. So, whats wrong with Anarchism?

    places, while in other places in the south each town acted on its own responsibility and by 1937 around 3 million people were living under collectivist anarchy11. These anarchists however adopted military methods as well as entering the government as Garcia Oliver did by becoming Minister of Justice and as

  2. What is Utilitarianism?

    The quantity of pleasure can be measured according to Bentham using the Hedonic Calculus. The following criteria are used for measuring pleasure: duration, intensity, certainty, propinquity, fecundity, purity, and extent. It does not matter if an action goes against the law, at least the result will be maximum pleasure.

  1. Does J.S.Mill abandon Utilitarianism?

    However there were some specific ideas that Mill objected to. One of these ideas was the way in which Bentham believed that pleasure was the be all and end all of life, that you couldn't feel anything better than physical pleasure.

  2. Philosophy Essay - Is it possible to explain human morality by means of just ...

    Morality is trying to draw a distinction between the good and the bad. How does pleasure have to be good? People's pleasure may contain an evil that we all condemn in everyday life. Plato raises the point of having bad pleasures, sadism being the obvious example.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work