Pure Self-Interest

Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015

If you want a good deed to really count, it has to be done with no thought of receiving something back in return. In technical terms, it's "disinterested benevolence." We have the ancient Stoics and the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant to thank for the "stiff-upper-lip" approach to life. It has its pluses’there is a sense of duty that overrides one's own happiness and even concern for one's own life. In an era of socially encouraged narcissism, Stoicism doesn't look that bad at first. In recent times, Jacques Derrida ...

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