The Beloved Self: Morality and the Challenge from Egoism

Paperback | June 1, 2012

byAlison Hills

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The Beloved Self is about the holy grail of moral philosophy, an argument against egoism that proves that we all have reasons to be moral. Part One introduces three different versions of egoism. Part Two looks at attempts to prove that egoism is false, and shows that even the more modestarguments that do not try to answer the egoist in her own terms seem to fail. But in part Three, Hills defends morality and develops a new problem for egoism, an epistemological problem. She shows that it is not epistemically rational to believe the most plausible versions of egoism. The first part of the book will be most relevant to those interested in moral theory, as it contains detailed discussions of recent interpretations of virtue ethics and especially of Kant's moral theory. The second and third part of the book turn to epistemology, particularly moral epistemology, andinclude an account of the relationship between knowledge and action, a new theory of moral understanding, and a discussion of the epistemically rational response to various kinds of disagreement. Hills also defends a new account of virtue and of morally worthy action.

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The Beloved Self is about the holy grail of moral philosophy, an argument against egoism that proves that we all have reasons to be moral. Part One introduces three different versions of egoism. Part Two looks at attempts to prove that egoism is false, and shows that even the more modestarguments that do not try to answer the egoist in...

Alison Hills is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford University and a Fellow of St John's College. Prior to coming to Oxford, she taught at Bristol University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Holy Grail of Moral PhilosophyPart 1: Egoism2. Standard Egoism3. Kantian Egoism4. Virtue EgoismPart 2: Problems for Morality5. Ambitious vindication6. Modest vindication7. DisagreementPart 3: In defence of morality8. Epistemic rationality9. Moral understanding and morally worthy action10. Moral testimony and moral disagreement11. Against Egoism12. ConclusionReferences

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Review from previous edition: "admirably lucid and rigorous in [its] argumentation." --Times Literary Supplement