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As a preacher revivalist philosopher and theologian Jonathan Edwards echoes through the history of America as the foremost Christian thinker of the 18th century Reported as the only intellectual modern revivalist of the Church by the Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics Geisler 209 Edwards remains a pivotal piece of Christian America Often connected with the strong Puritanical restraints that reflected the late colonial period of America Edwards ethical philosophy is branded with this stereotype not allowed to fully reveal the preachers thoughts This paper examines the ethics of Jonathan Edwards compared to the ethic of egoism first outlined by Thomas Hobbes in his Leviathan Comparing advocates and opponents of an Edwardian egoism this paper reveals the similarities between the egoism of men like Hobbes and the righteous piety of Jonathan Edwards First precision demands that a clarification of terms concerning egoism In philosophy circles two major types of egoism exist These types in one sense are intertwined but are essentially separate in basic claims First the psychological egoism is an ethic of must In its simplest terms psychological egoism asserts that people always acts in their own self interests Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1 In this no sort of pure selfless charity exists because man always acts from a self-centered frame of reference People cannot by definition act contrary to their own interests because there is no choice for them but to act egoistically The problem inherent with psychological egoism is in attempting to prove its validity one must analyze the motives of other Davis 2 people turning to inward motivationInternet Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1 However one cannot successfully prove anothers motive to always be egoistical so the ethic becomes subjective losing any credibility as an impartial ethic Ethical egoism in contrast is a philosophy of ought It is not necessary but necessitating in that it purports to be the highest of ethical choices without demanding that all people have no option but to act egoistically
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