XV - Self-interest and self-sacrifice

Connie S. Rosati

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Stephen Darwall has recently suggested (following work by Mark Overvold) that theories which identify a person's good with her own ranking of concerns do not properly delimit the 'scope' of welfare, making self-sacrifice conceptually impossible. But whether a theory of welfare makes self-sacrifice impossible depends on what self-sacrifice is. I offer an alternative analysis to Overvold's, explaining why self-interest and self-sacrifice need not be opposed, and so why the problems of delimiting the scope of welfare and of allowing for self-sacrifice are distinct. If my analysis is correct, desire theories may allow for self-sacrifice however they delimit the scope of welfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-325
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelean Society
Issue number1 PART 3
StatePublished - Oct 2009

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