A fundamental dilemma

April 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

It would be contrary to Common Sense to deny that the distinction between any one individual and any other is real and fundamental, and that consequently ‘I’ am concerned with the quality of my existence as an individual in a sense, fundamentally important, that I am not concerned with the quality of the existence of other individuals: and this being so, I do not see how this distinction is not to be taken as fundamental in determining the ultimate end of a rational action for an individual.

— from the concluding chapter (The Mutual Relations of the Three Methods) of The Methods of Ethics, Henry Sidgwick

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