The Virtue of Selfishness
Penguin, Nov 1, 1964 - Philosophy - 176 pages
A collection of essays that sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's controversial, groundbreaking philosophy.
Since their initial publication, Rand's fictional works—Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged—have had a major impact on the intellectual scene. The underlying theme of her famous novels is her philosophy, a new morality—the ethics of rational self-interest—that offers a robust challenge to altruist-collectivist thought.
Known as Objectivism, her divisive philosophy holds human life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man's nature. In this series of essays, Rand asks why man needs morality in the first place, and arrives at an answer that redefines a new code of ethics based on the virtue of selfishness.
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Simply, a master piece. This book tackles some fundamental issues in ethics. It's more than an ethical system, but a template for every man who wants to define a rational, yet objective, code of values.
Mental Health versus Mysticism and SelfSacrifice
The Ethics of Emergencies
The Conflicts of Mens Interests
Isnt Everyone Selfish?
The Psychology of Pleasure
Doesnt Life Require Compromise?
The Monument Builders
The Nature of Government
Government Financing in a Free Society
The Divine Right of Stagnation
How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?
The Cult of Moral Grayness
The Argument from Intimidation
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