Egoism and the Private Language Argument

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Egoism is the view that other people don’t matter, except as a means to my own ends. A familiar argument for egoism is as follows. My sensation of pain is, in itself, the only reason for me to end pain, so I have no reason to end pain I don’t feel (i.e., someone else’s pain). This ‘experiential’ argument makes egoism a default position for those who believe the argument, in the absence of a countervailing rationale for…