>decide to take phil 101 for the credits even though I could run circles around the typical pleb
>reading list is Hume, william James, and Descartes
Who else /101patrician/ here?
It depends on how you define it
If he was arguing that all behavior has its root in personal welfare, this is obviously retarded.
"Egoism" can be a moral philosophy, or it can pertain to a theory of a (human-pertinent) phenomena in which the ego plays a central role. Psychological egoism (if I am not mistaken) is like a non-normative moral philosophy. Its typical application has always been in attempting to 'explain away' the notion of morality being a notable or peculiar social behavior. As if the self-impetus to morally reason, drink water, and wipe my ass ultimately converge upon the same basic etiology.
On the other hand, the term is also used to describe the idea that the ego is like a locus or general factor to human psychology. That you cannot behave without ultimately expressing the ego. Altruism, moral consideration, or whatever else, they could not be considered "selfless" because they are necessarily expressions of the self.
t. dudebro from your class
I've read virtually nothing (but THE meme book) pertaining to egoism, so all of this post might be facile nonsense. Feel free to tell me so.