Analytic Philosophy

Analytic Ethics

What was Ayn Rand’s virtue of selfishness?

Rand believed that the highest human good was individual happiness, which is achieved through rationality. Every individual has an elevated duty to further his or her own self-interest, and others do not have a right to demand that one sacrifice oneself or one’s interests simply because they are weaker or in need. In this sense, Rand was an “ethical egoist.”

In novels like Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand put forth her ideas that people should selfishly pursue their own happiness (AP).

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