Ethics

Ethics — the science devoted to discovering and defining a fundamental code of values to guide man’s choices and actions.

Featured Articles

The Nature of the Morality of Rational Egoism: Short Notes

Other People as Egoistic Values Versus Other People as Objects of Self-Sacrifice in Ayn Rand’s Philosophy

Values Are Relational, But Not Subjective

Bernie Madoff: Not Rationally Selfish, But Self-Destructive

Ayn Rand and the Crude Materialism of the “Rich vs. Poor” Worldview

On Fairness and Justice: Their Meanings, Scopes, and How They Are Not the Same

Why Fairness Does Not Mean Justice: Some Further Argument

Why a Proper Ethics is Not a Set of Social Rules, But a Complete Way of Life

Why Morality is Not “Evolved,” But Defined and Chosen

The Wages of Altruism: Domestic Abuse

Why “Selfishness” Doesn’t Properly Mean Being Shortsighted and Harmful to Others

A Dialogue on Metaethics, Moral Realism and Platonism from an Objectivist Perspective

Why Each Person Can Have Only One Ultimate Value

Socialism and Welfare vs. Justice: Why Inalienable Private Property Rights are Required for Justice

A Refutation of G.E. Moore’s Critique of Ethical Egoism: A Dialogue

QuickPoints

QuickPoint 7: Good Teamwork Is Self-Interested

QuickPoint 3: The Basis of Ayn Rand’s Ethics in a Nutshell

Other Posts

How Christian Morality Promotes Despotism Over Liberty

A Message on Ayn Rand, Compassion, and Individualism vs. Collectivism

Philosopher Greg Salmieri (of Rutgers University) Discusses Ayn Rand’s Moral Philosophy on the Elucidations Podcast

What BioShock Gets Wrong About Ayn Rand’s Objectivism

Links and Lecture Courses

“The Objectivist Ethics,” an essay by Ayn Rand from The Virtue of Selfishness

Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand’s Morality of Egoism,” by Craig Biddle, The Objective Standard

Religion vs. Subjectivism: Why Neither Will Do (Chapter 1 of Loving Life)

The Is–Ought Gap: Subjectivism’s Technical Retreat (Chapter 2 of Loving Life)

Books

The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand (primary)

Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It by Craig Biddle (secondary)

Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality by Tara Smith (secondary)

Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist by Tara Smith (secondary)

Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand’s Normative Theory (Ayn Rand Society Phil. Studies) by various authors (scholarly debate)

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