publication . Article . 2012

Self-interest and moral motivations of believers

Aleksandar Prnjat;
Open Access Serbian
Abstract
In this paper, I consider an important objection to moral motivation of believers. It is the objection that their acts are motivated by self-interest, i.e. their personal salvation. Such motivation is sometimes identified as selfish. Therefore, I demonstrate the distinction between self-interest and selfishness. I would like to remind the reader that the critique of self-interest as moral motivation of believers appears within the very traditions of the major world religions. Then, I argue that some contemporary forms of secular ethics, even at the highest levels, still refer to a certain form of self-interest.
Subjects
free text keywords: self-interest, moral motivation, religion, ethics, Epistemology, Internalism and externalism, Psychology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Selfishness, Secular ethics
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MESTD| Studying climate change and its influence on environment: impacts, adaptation and mitigation
Project
  • Funder: Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia (MESTD)
  • Project Code: 43007
  • Funding stream: Integrated and Interdisciplinary Research (IIR or III)
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MESTD| History of Serbian Philosophy
Project
  • Funder: Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia (MESTD)
  • Project Code: 179064
  • Funding stream: Basic Research (BR or ON)
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