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Philosophy Café Event

Origin: 
Lifelong Learning
Time:
13:00 - 14:00
Date:
1 May 2014
Venue:
John Hansard Gallery Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Lifelong Learning Team at lifelonglearning@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

Are people always selfish?

It's clear that people sometimes do things for their own benefit: you might push ahead of other people to ensure you get a good seat on the train. Some philosophers have made the bolder claim that we always act out of self-interest. But is that true? What are the arguments for it? It might seem obvious that sometimes people act for the sake of others: for example, someone might offer to donate blood for the benefit of a complete stranger. But can such examples be explained away as ultimately self-interested?

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Speaker information

Alex Gregory

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