Self-interest generally refers to a focus on the needs or desires (interests) of oneself. By extension, it can mean:
  • Individualism
    Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that stresses "the moral worth of the individual". Individualists promote the exercise of one's goals and desires and so value independence and self-reliance while opposing most external interference upon one's own...

    , a philosophy stressing the worth of individual selves
  • Psychological egoism
    Psychological egoism
    Psychological egoism is the view that humans are always motivated by self-interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. It claims that, when people choose to help others, they do so ultimately because of the personal benefits that they themselves expect to obtain, directly or indirectly,...

    , the view that humans are always motivated by self-interest
  • Ethical egoism
    Ethical egoism
    Ethical egoism is the normative ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest. It differs from psychological egoism, which claims that people can only act in their self-interest. Ethical egoism also differs from rational egoism, which holds merely that it is...

    , the ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest
  • Hedonism
    Hedonism is a school of thought which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good. In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure .-Etymology:The name derives from the Greek word for "delight" ....

    , the school of ethics which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good.
    • Epicureanism
      Epicureanism is a system of philosophy based upon the teachings of Epicurus, founded around 307 BC. Epicurus was an atomic materialist, following in the steps of Democritus. His materialism led him to a general attack on superstition and divine intervention. Following Aristippus—about whom...

      , a philosophical system related to hedonism
  • Enlightened self-interest
    Enlightened self-interest
    Enlightened self-interest is a philosophy in ethics which states that persons who act to further the interests of others , ultimately serve their own self-interest....

    , a philosophy which states that acting to further the interests of others also serves one's own self-interest
    • Indirect self-interest, any situation in which the interests of others match one's own, so that serving one will lead to serving the other

See also:
  • Altruism
    Altruism is a concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of 'others' toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism is the opposite of...

  • Egoism (disambiguation)
  • Interest (disambiguation)
    Interest (disambiguation)
    Interest is any fee paid on borrowed capital. It may also refer to:* Interest , the emotion prompting attention or curiosity**Relating to this, any hobby or other form of recreation or preference labeled "interest" - because a person feels an emotion of interest towards them**Romantically,...

  • Self (disambiguation)
    Self (disambiguation)
    The self is an individual person as the object of his or her own reflective consciousness.* Self , an album by Quintessence* Self , an American alternative rock band* Self , a Swedish motor vehicle manufacturer...

  • Selfish (disambiguation)
    Selfish (disambiguation)
    Selfish refers to taking interest in oneself.Selfish may also refer to:* "Selfish" , an episode of the TV series House* "Selfish" , a song by Asia Cruise* "Selfish", a song by Britney Spears from Femme Fatale...

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