Selfishness


Selfishness

Selfishness denotes the precedence given in thought or deed to the self, i.e., self interest or self concern. It is the act of placing one's own needs or desires above the needs or desires of others. Selfishness is the opposite of altruism (Selflessness).

The implications of selfishness have inspired divergent views within religious, philosophical, psychological, economic and evolutionary contexts.

ee also

*Objectivist philosophy
*Egoism
*Egotism
*Enlightened self-interest
*Ethic of reciprocity (the 'Golden Rule')
*Generosity
*A Theory of Justice (by John Rawls)

References

*"Twilight of the Idols", Friedrich Nietzsche Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (February 15, 1990), ISBN 0140445145
* "The Evolution of Cooperation", Robert Axelrod, Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-02121-2
*"The Selfish Gene", Richard Dawkins (1990), second edition -- includes two chapters about the evolution of cooperation, ISBN 0-19-286092-5
*"The Virtue of Selfishness", Ayn Rand, ISBN 0451163931


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