Metaphysical Egoism and Personal Identity

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Metaphysical egoism pursues what Gregory Kavka called ‘the reconciliation project’ (roughly, the project of reconciling the demands of morality with our rational self-interest) by appealing to one version of the psychological approach to personal identity. I argue that, for reasons related to its commitment to an implausible understanding of the notion of a psychological connection, this form of egoism is not plausible. I also explore one way in which metaphysical egoism may be amended, but I ultimately reject it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-599
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Value Inquiry
Issue number4
Early online date4 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Personal identity
  • Rational egoism
  • Psychological continuity


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