Post Number:#16 April 3rd, 2012, 3:40 pm
Jposamen wrote:So with egoism, perhaps you'd view the E as some "act" which you take as best for yourself (over a longterm, holistic scale), and U, worst. Perhaps we can agree that under egoism: some "acts" are of equal value for yourself, some are of equal disvalue, and some of those values and disvalues have equal magnitude. It might be hard to flesh out equalities and magnitudes, but perhaps we can agree they still exist.
My point, which I feel is rather weak at this point, was to expose a sort of paradox - that sometimes some unethical acts are necessary ethically preferable.
AH! But see, given rational egoism, that is not a paradox at all! Because in this system, ethics does not operate according to any categorical imperative, so if your values require you to do something that under other circumstances would be inconsistent with them -- then that is not an unethical act.