Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality

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Overview

Viable Values examines the most basic foundations of value and morality, demonstrating the shortcomings of major traditional views and proposing that morality is grounded in the objective requirements of human life. Smith argues that human beings need to be moral in order to live, explaining how life is the standard of morality, how flourishing is the proper end and reward of living morally, and how an intelligent egoism is the path to flourishing.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Smith writes in very clear, engaging language, refreshing and enjoyable. Good index. Recommended.
Journal of The American Psychoanalytic Association
Smith undertakes the meta-ethical part and does a commendable job of fleshing out Rand's ideas.
CHOICE
Smith writes in very clear, engaging language, refreshing and enjoyable. Good index. Recommended.
Journal Of The American Psychoanalytic Association
Smith undertakes the meta-ethical part and does a commendable job of fleshing out Rand's ideas.
Lester H. Hunt
To my mind, this is one of the most interesting works in ethics to have appeared in a long while. Tara Smith's book ought to win many new adherents to the proposition that morality should be in the service of life, and not the reverse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847697601
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara Smith is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 Introduction Chapter 2 2 Why Be Moral? Chapter 3 3 Intrinsic Value: A False Foundation Chapter 4 4 Morality's Roots in Life Chapter 5 5 Morality's Reward: Flourishing Chapter 6 6 Principled Egoism: The Only Way to Live

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