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Are we selfish? - Hedonism

This is sometimes known as psychological hedonism, the view that our behavior is driven not just by self-interest of any kind, but instead more specifically by the prospect of making us feel better.

Again, this may have been Hobbes’ view. Against such a view, one might doubt that the self-sacrificing solider is really jumping on the grenade out of a fear for how unpleasant it would be to remain alive.

Reflecting again on such examples, do you want to reconsider your answer?

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