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Self-Interest Rightly Understood

C. Bradley Thompson

Presented at: OCON 2014

Date: Jun 28, 2014

Is capitalism moral? The answer is contested and it hinges on a more fundamental issue—the question of selfishness or self-interest. This talk analyzes various historical arguments for and against self-interest, and it presents an argument for the necessary connection between self-interest (rightly understood) and the development of each man’s moral character. The principle of profit, this talk argues, is synonymous with the profit of principle.

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