Ayn Rands Ethics of Rational Self

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Ayn Rands Ethics of Rational Self- Interest Deriving an Ethical Standard o Ayn Rand (1905-1982) – she was born in Russia; got a temporary Visa knowing that if she ever got out of communist Russia, she would never be coming back (she didn’t; stayed in the U.S.); two most famous books: “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” (made a movie out of); also known for “The Virtue of Selfishness” o Calls the whole of her philosophy “Objectivism;” holds that all knowledge is gained by observing the facts and reasoning; however, we’re not concerned with her whole of philosophy but her ethics, which she called “Rational Self-Interest” o Presuppositions of the Concept “Value” y Holding a value presupposes that you have “an entity capable of goal-directed action” – since values are things which one acts to achieve, only beings capable of goal-directed action can regard something as a value; very broad definition of goal-directed action; refers to any living thing; plants set down their roots to get nutrition from the ground y Holding a value presupposes that you hold it “in the face of an alternative” – since choosing the
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