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Does an egoistic ethics impose unchosen obligations?

People commonly think that morality imposes obligations on a person apart from his wishes or interests -- meaning, for example, that a person has "duty" of loyalty to his country such that he is morally obligated to serve in the military or pay taxes for entitlement programs. On an egoistic ethics, do such duties exist? Or are all moral obligations the product of a person's choices, implicit and explicit?

Jim May , 15.10.2011, 22:14
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