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Old 03-19-2009, 08:47 PM   #57
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But what exactly does that prove/disprove? To me, it only suggests that there is a rational function behind human choice and action. So what if at bottom some personal interest can be found in every human decision? Would it be better if humans behaved completely randomly and without logic or apparrant motive? And these motives can be judged, if only subjectively, but if that's the best we can do, so be it. I don't have to equate the man who goes fishing with the man who composes a symphony just because both men were driven by some form of self-interest. In my estimation, the man who wrote the symphony was driven by a higher form of self-interest (using your terminology. I would call it something else) than the other man. Then it is perfectly reasonable to hold the one man in higher esteem than the other.
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