Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist

Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist

by Tara Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521705460

ISBN-13: 9780521705462

Pub. Date: 04/16/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that instruction is rarely understood. Far from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand's view, actually demands the practice of a systematic code of ethics. This book explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve this objective well-being:

Overview

Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that instruction is rarely understood. Far from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand's view, actually demands the practice of a systematic code of ethics. This book explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve this objective well-being: rationality, honesty, independence, justice, integrity, productiveness, and pride. Tracing Rand's account of the naturalistic ground of value and the harmony of human beings' rational interests, Smith examines what each of these virtues consists of, why it is a virtue, and what it demands of a person in practice. Along the way, she addresses the status of several conventional virtues within Rand's theory, considering traits such as kindness, charity, generosity, temperance, courage, forgiveness, and humility. Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics thus offers an in-depth exploration of several specific virtues and an illuminating integration of these with the broader theory of egoism.

About the Author:
Tara Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521705462
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/16/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
1,169,057
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Rational Egoism: A Profile of Its Foundations and Basic Character     19
The Master Virtue: Rationality     48
Honesty     75
Independence     106
Justice     135
Integrity     176
Productiveness     198
Pride     221
Implications for Certain Conventional Virtues: Charity, Generosity, Kindness, Temperance     247
Conclusion     284
Egoistic Friendship     287
Select List of Works Consulted     305
Index     311

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