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Altruism implies to
doing good things in the aim of helping others. Hobbes believes that people do
not do good things in the name of helping someelse, but human beings does good
things because it brings joy to them, therefore, through his believe, altruism
does not exist.
Hobbes in his beliefs,
he holds that no one has the intensions of helping others, but they just enjoy
doing good things. This theory may be illogical, because if one enjoys doing
good things, therefore, he or she feels good when lending a hand to others.
Hobbes gives an example
of an actor donating money to homeless as a source of happiness to him, and he
argues that this is not altruism; it is just a completion of a good deed to
gain joy. But this example contracts his believes, since good people do good
things to others so as to help them, when
the actor gives money to homeless they will built a house and this amounts to
helping them. Therefore, altruism really exists in the society.
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Oct 27th, 2015
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