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Psychological Egoism and Hobbes

(Original title: Psychological Egoism and Hobbes)
Filozofia, 71 (2016), 3, 197-208.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: English

Many commentators think that Hobbes was committed to psychological egoism. Psychological egoism is a theory of human psychology claiming that all human actions are ultimately motivated solely by one’s own self-interest. In this paper, I argue that there are reasons to think that Hobbes was not committed to psychological egoism in any of its plausible formulations.


Hobbes, Motivation, Psychological egoism, Psychological hedonism, Tautological egoism

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