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egoist

[ē′gō·ist, eg′-]
1 a selfish person, one who seeks to satisfy his or her own interests at the expense of others. See also egotist.
2 a person who believes in or acts in accordance with the concept that all conscious action is justifiably motivated by self-interest. egoistic, egoistical, adj.
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34] Correspondingly, sociological institutionalists reject the assumption that international actors generally act egoistically and instrumentally.
In any case, it is the unpleasantness of the character that causes a problem in Two-Faced Woman: why does Garbo fall in love with him (significantly offscreen), why does she bother to retrieve him when he has so egoistically dumped her for his obviously worthless job and a far more obviously congenial woman (she hesitates briefly over this, seduced only by the lure of the masquerade), and what possible future have they together, especially given her by that time at least potentially divided persona?
The Smithian conception of self-interest is not an injunction to act egoistically and without moral scruple, safe in the knowledge that by doing so the public good would somehow or other result: it is embedded within a framework of social reciprocity that allows for the formation of moral judgment.
Only egoistically motivated persons who admit that they volunteer because of the utility benefit they receive are both rational and truthful, according to economists.
12) A stage one child thinks about right and wrong egoistically, as it directly affects his or her experience of pleasure or pain.
Managers may act egoistically, concealing their self interest with claims that they are acting in furtherance of the public good or as compelled by business ethics.
After more than three decades of the cheap thrills of the unprincipled, outcome-driven, egoistically subjective, (revived) substantive due process, the integrity and modest moderation of Cardozo's principled, rule-of-law approach to deciding cases seems especially appealing today.
The question is whether people behave egoistically often enough to justify economic theory.
As a result, Jim suffers from an egoistically romanticized vision of himself fueled by his reading of light adventure novels.
The insight is critical not only for its pretensions to lucidity and truth, but for its subject as well, for it touches deeply two of the central questions in Bellow's fiction: whether man is egoistically isolated or a member of the larger community of mankind, and whether, relatedly, what he lounges in is merely the furniture of his own mind, hence presumably not "true" in the conventionally "objective" sense of true, or the collective living room of all mankind.
So the question arises: If we are all always egoistically motivated, what meaning can there be in saying that we have an obligation to act altruistically?
230) Even after the July 1998 elections, the country continues in a state of unrest "as members of the political elite egoistically bicker over the results, while the 11 million peasants endure staggering hardships.