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Ethical egoists argue that persons should only pursue their own self-interests with disregard to the needs and wants of others. From this definition, I would conclude that ethical egoists would not support donating money or time to charitable causes; however, there are other important factors that should be considered in making this determination. Although one’s own interests account for all of one’s obligations under the theory of ethical egoism, ethical egoism does not demand that we avoid helping others. This is not to say that they support altruistic behavior, but they do recognize that sometimes, in the pursuit of one’s interests, a person may help others as well. Ethical egoists further interpret such a coincidence with only self-interest in mind as they have a unique perspective on people’s motivation to take action. In donating money or time to charitable causes, ethical egoists may not deny support if they are under the impression that the act is right because it is to your own advantage. In other words, ethical egoists may support such behavior as long as it benefits you more than those who you are helping. Through this rationale, they would further support your motive for personal gain; but, they would also recognize that you have no obligation to help others in the process of pursuing your own interests. Moreover, ethical egoists would not support someone who was looking to pursue charitable causes for purely altruistic purposes on the grounds of self-defeat and sacrifice. They would argue that more harm than good will be done in trying to fulfill the wants and needs of others as the recipients of charity tend to express more resentment than respect. Also, according to Philosopher Ayn Rand, who opposed the “ethics of altruism,” an individual who pursues selfless deeds is sacrificing their entire life and potential for success. Assuming that

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