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Thursday, June 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Intermediate Course 5: Virtue and Selfishness

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Part 5 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

The Objectivist ethics is based in a recognition that, for each organism, its life is its ultimate value. This is the egoism, or “selfishness,” that lies at the root of the Objectivist ethics. In this session, we will discuss this metaethical view and contrast it with other ethical conceptions. And we will explore the idea of Objectivism as a virtue ethic, or an ethic of principle, where treating others benevolently and justly, and seeking to offer them benefits, is a key aspect of flourishing. Is Objectivism actually “selfish” at all? When does its egoism matter for practical action? Students should read “The Objectivist Ethics” in The Virtue of Selfishness and the Conclusion to The Logical Structure of Objectivism beta draft (on the TAS website).

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William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →

Thursday June 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

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