more from David Hume

Single Idea 3650

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / f. Self interest]

Full Idea

It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.

Gist of Idea

Total selfishness is not irrational


David Hume (Treatise of Human Nature [1739], II.III.ii)

Book Reference

Cottingham,John: 'Rationalism' [Paladin 1984], p.130