Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoistby Tara Smith
Pub. Date: 03/31/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that egoism�s 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 his objective well-being: rationality, honesty, independence, justice, integrity, productiveness, and pride. Tara Smith examines what each of these virtues consists in, why it is a virtue, and what it demands of a person in practice.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. Rational egoism: a profile of its foundations and basic character; 3. The master virtue: rationality; 4. Honesty; 5. Independence; 6. Justice; 7. Integrity; 8. Productiveness; 9. Pride; 10. Implications for certain conventional virtues: charity, generosity, kindness, temperance.
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