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On Sunday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I answered questions on explaining egoistic benevolence, and more with Greg Perkins. The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading. You’ll find it on the episode’s archive page, as well as below.

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Podcast: Explaining Egoistic Benevolence and More

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Introduction (0:00)

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Question 1: Explaining Egoistic Benevolence (4:39)

In this segment, I answered a question on explaining egoistic benevolence.

How can we better explain how helping others can be egoistic? In your October 7, 2013 radio show, you observed that people often don’t understand how acting kindly and generously towards friends is self-interested. Instead, they think that being benevolent toward anyone is “other-regarding” and hence, altruistic. How can we egoists untangle this seeming conflict for people?

My Answer, In Brief: Egoists must do a better job of explaining that egoism — properly understood — is not manipulative, mercenary, predatory, or criminal. To see that, people need to understand egoism versus altruism in big-picture terms, as well as show how and why relationships with others can and should be win-wins.

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Rapid Fire Questions (56:54)

In this segment, I answered questions impromptu. The questions were:

  • Is there a limit to compartmentalization?
  • Is it morally okay to lie at birthdays and Christmas for the sake of a surprise?
  • Do those who abstain from voting still have the right to criticize the current administration?
  • What kind of countermeasures can be taken against the hijacking of science – as seen with global warming – in the future?
  • How can a person become more optimistic that rational ideas will be the norm of the future?

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Conclusion (1:08:29)

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