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2012, iss. 137, pp. 340-347
Self-interest and moral motivations of believers
Alfa University, Belgrade + University of Belgrade, Institute for Phylosophy and Social Theory
Project:
History of Serbian Philosophy (MESTD - 179064)
Studying climate change and its influence on environment: impacts, adaptation and mitigation (MESTD - 43007)

Keywords: self-interest; moral motivation; religion; ethics
Abstract
In this paper, I consider an important objection to moral motivation of believers. It is the objection that their acts are motivated by self-interest, i.e. their personal salvation. Such motivation is sometimes identified as selfish. Therefore, I demonstrate the distinction between self-interest and selfishness. I would like to remind the reader that the critique of self-interest as moral motivation of believers appears within the very traditions of the major world religions. Then, I argue that some contemporary forms of secular ethics, even at the highest levels, still refer to a certain form of self-interest.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/kultura1237340P
published in SCIndeks: 18/03/2013

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