Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist by Tara Smith

By Tara Smith

Ayn Rand is celebrated for advocating egoism, however the substance of that egoism?s guide is never understood. faraway from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand?s view, really calls for the perform of a scientific code of ethics. This ebook explains the elemental virtues that Rand considers very important for an individual to accomplish his target future health: rationality, honesty, independence, justice, integrity, productivity, and delight. Tara Smith examines what every one of those virtues is composed in, why it's a advantage, and what it calls for of somebody in perform.

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58 Many of her reasons for believing this will unfold as we discuss the virtues requisite to 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 E. J. Bond, “Theories of the Good,” Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Lawrence C. Becker (New York: Garland, 1992), vol. 1, p. 410. Burton F. Porter, The Good Life (New York: Ardley House, 1995), p. 283. Lawrence Blum, “Altruism,” Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Becker, vol. 1, p. 35. Thomas Nagel describes altruism as the “willingness to act in consideration of the interests of other persons, without the need of ulterior motives,” Thomas Nagel, The Possibility of Altruism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), p.

If so, he has disqualified himself; he is claiming a contradiction. 58 Many of her reasons for believing this will unfold as we discuss the virtues requisite to 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 E. J. Bond, “Theories of the Good,” Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Lawrence C. Becker (New York: Garland, 1992), vol. 1, p. 410. Burton F. Porter, The Good Life (New York: Ardley House, 1995), p. 283. Lawrence Blum, “Altruism,” Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Becker, vol. 1, p. 35. Thomas Nagel describes altruism as the “willingness to act in consideration of the interests of other persons, without the need of ulterior motives,” Thomas Nagel, The Possibility of Altruism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970), p.

Rand, “The Objectivist Ethics,” p. 16. P1: JYD 0521860504c02 CUNY333B/Smith 22 0 521 86050 4 January 30, 2006 13:29 Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics satisfied. And this leads to the second aspect of life’s role as the foundation for value: life makes the achievement of values necessary. Living demands the pursuit of life-sustaining ends. If an organism is to survive, it must achieve the values that its nature requires. Life is a process of self-generated, self-sustaining action, as Rand observes in the passage above.

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