egoism


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to egoism: utilitarianism

egoism

 [e´go-izm]
1. any of several ethical doctrines describing relationships between morality, self-interest and behavior.
2. excessive preoccupation with oneself, self-interest with disregard for the needs of others.

egoism

/ego·ism/ (e´go-izm)
1. any of several ethical doctrines describing the relationship between morality, self-interest, and behavior.
2. excessive preoccupation with oneself, self-interest with disregard for the needs of others.

egoism

[ē′gō·iz′əm, eg′-]
1 selfishness, an overvaluation of the importance of the self, expressed as a willingness to gain an advantage at the expense of others. See also egotism.
2 the belief that individual self-interest is, or ought to be, the basic motive for all conscious behavior.

egoism

(ē′gō-ĭzm)
An inflated estimate of one's value or effectiveness.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Reading Adam Bede in light of Keats's "Ode to Psyche" reveals how Hetty's mythologizing further allows Hetty to indulge her egoism and vanity.
To see what I mean, consider the views of a philosopher who accepts the possibility that egoism can be ethical, or that egoistic ethics can exist, J.
We're rightly committed to the use of reason toward gaining the good life, but to really flourish in our short time here on Earth, it's our interpersonal connections and all the associated loves, hopes, dreams, and the vulnerabilities within these friendships that give us reference points for meaning and purpose, that help us expand outwards beyond mere egoism towards our highest and noblest aspirations.
Ryan realized his mistake and tried to worm his way out of his recorded statements of support and the image of Rand and her philosophy of egoism.
There is something in the teachings of this Jewish White Russian preacher of extreme egoism that appeals to the primitive American myths of rugged individualism, gun-toting Wild West self-reliance, suspicion of the domination-hungry state (going back to King George the Third).
Bloomfield sees Rand as working on a 'shared, rough idea of "the good life"' (75), and he draws attention to many characters in the history of philosophy (including recent contemporaries) to show that her egoism is not so much in contrast to the mainstream.
While ethical principles and judgments may be approached utilizing several normative theories, three are of particular interest in an examination of the relationship between age, moral development, and ethical decision making: egoism, utilitarianism, and justice.
ALTHOUGH large numbers of staff have lost, or about to lose, their council jobs, Coun Whitby and his cabinet are full of egoism in still producing the costly Forward magazine which very few people read.
Resolving the Sahara issue is an easy thing if we deal with it objectively, beyond egoism or Soviet Marxism old-fashioned ideas," the book said.
16 /PRNewswire/ -- Top executives around the world agree egoism tops the list of reasons why team's don't work, according to the Study on Teams released by Egon Zehnder International, a global executive search firm.
Civic Union leader Girts Valdis Kristovskis, in his speech, gave his assessment of the political situation in Latvia: "Twenty years since renewal of independence, we are faced with bitterness and despair, the ideals of the reawakening have been annihilated by the cynicism of political parties, the selfish interests of certain groups, egoism and alienation.
Jan Narveson (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Ontario) presents This Is Ethical Theory, a straightforward analysis of ethics and moral theory that covers perspectives including utilitarianism, natural law, egoism, virtue ethics, moral relativism, intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism, and more.