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Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics


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1. 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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Explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve his objective well-being.

About the Author

Tara Smith is Professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of Moral Rights and Political Freedom and Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality, and has contributed to such journals as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Social Philosophy and Policy, and Law and Philosophy.


'The first detailed and scholarly study of Rand's conception of virtue, Tara Smith's Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist is an important and timely book.' Robert Mayhew, Philosophical Books 'The issues raised by this book are manifold and provocative.' Helen Cullyer, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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