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Objectivism says that one should pursue one's own interest. Does this mean that it is moral for me to do whatever I want or whatever I think is good for me? What if this involves staying home all day, not working, and watching television? Or, what if it involves blasting my music really loud at 2AM in my residential neighborhood because I'm awake and feel like partying?

asked Oct 26 '10 at 10:37

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closed Oct 26 '10 at 15:22

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This is really a repeat of the question "Isn't everybody selfish?"

(Oct 26 '10 at 14:12) Andrew Dalton ♦ Andrew%20Dalton's gravatar image

The question has been closed for the following reason "Duplicate Question -- see "Isn't everybody selfish?"" by Greg Perkins Oct 26 '10 at 15:22


The difference between psychological egoism and rational egoism is quite obviously the rational part. if what you value is rationally in your best interest, using an objective system of values as your standard, then you will not sit around all day, or not work, or blast loud music at 2 AM on a tuesday because you know it is not rationally in your best interests. If you were practicing rational egoism you would go to school, get a good job, make enough money to enjoy your own life and partake in leisure activities that do not endanger yourself. You would promote values such as hard work, intelligent savings, good health (ie not sitting around watching tv and staying up late all the time). In this way rational egoism differs greatly from the irrational whim worshiping toted by egotists.

answered Oct 26 '10 at 12:11

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