Finally, the unalloyed purity of self-love is almost never spoiled by the prominent intrusion of any extrinsic or ulterior purpose. For the most part, we do not seek our own wellbeing mainly because we expect that it will lead to some other good. The love that we devote to ourselves isone in which, to a greater degree than in other types of love, the flourishing of the beloved is not only sought for its own sake but for its own sake alone. Perhaps it would flirt too egregiously with absurdity to suggest that self-love may be selfless. However, it is quite appropriate to characterise self-love as disinterested. It is nearly always entirely disinterested, indeed, in the clear and literal sense of being motivated by no interests other than those of the beloved.0
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