JustJim wrote:Moonwood the Hare wrote:When philosophers have discussed ethical behaviour the conclusion has tended to be that the egoist theory of ethics is incoherent - that is to say the argument that you should behave ethically and encourage others to do likewise because it is really in your own best interests does not add up. The way to best benefit yourself is to encourage everyone else to behave ethically, to give them as far as possible the impression that you always behave ethically, and then to act in your own best interest and forget ethics whenever you can get way with it.
Hahaha... That's really a great observation! And it says SO much about philosophy and philosophers, doesn't it?
As long as you understand that is not how they say you ought to behave but that that would be the logical way to behave if all you were concerned about was your own benefit.