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Problems with Altruism

Author(s): Algirdas Degutis
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Altruism; justice; collectivism; individualism

Summary/Abstract: It is argued that the ethics of selflessness as expounded by Levinas and Derrida is ultimately incompatible with the principles underlying a free society. Altruism, as well as the faddish "alterism", leads to the moral stance of paternalistic arrogance or self-immolation (or both), a stance impossible to sustain. The ethics of self-dependence, as propounded by Adam Smith, is still the best we have.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 40
  • Page Range: 242-249
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Lithuanian