Is communitarian thinking altruistic?
Takala1, Matti Häyry2
1University of Manchester and
University of Helsinki
2Centre for Professional Ethics,
University of Central Lancashire
Abstract. The aim of this
paper is to expose the problematic nature of claims concerning the altruistic
or egoistic foundations of popular theories of political philosophy. Altruism
and egoism are complex psychological and ethical concepts, which cannot be
straightforwardly employed to defend or to attack equally complex doctrines
like communitarianism and liberalism.