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1. Do you find ethical egoism to me an adequate normative moral theory (i.e. a suitable way of explaining what it is about an action that makes it right)? Why or why not

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2. Evaluate the viability of ethical egoism as a moral system or as a foundation on which to ground your moral decisions and based on your own experience.  In order to write on this prompt you will need to first pick either the egoism of Hobbes or of Rand to write about. In part, at least, the grade will be based on a clear explanation of the moral position/arguments given by that thinker. But second, and to help you evaluate the position you are looking at, you will also be required to spend a day “immersed” in a sort of thought experiment: After you have decided which of the two you are going to write about, you need to pick one full day sometime this week (ideally one where you are not at home alone all day) and try to commit yourself wholesale to the egoist position. Spend the day as an egoist; ask yourself (to steal an idea from a bumper sticker) “What would Thomas Hobbes do?” or “What would Ayn Rand do?” and then try to do it! During this time you will be required to keep a sort of “journal” of your experiences, cataloging your thoughts on how it shapes your moral decision making process. You do not need to include anything distinctively personal (I would in fact prefer you do not), but there should be at least a few instances where you discuss how adopting this perspective shaped your decisions and attitudes towards others and the world

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