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Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue

Studies in Ayn Rand's Normative Theory

 Allan Gotthelf (editor) James G. Lennox (editor)

ISBN: 9780822962724

Publication Date: Jan 2014

Format: Paperback

Ayn Rand’s work has until recently received little serious attention from academics. This new series seeks a fuller scholarly understanding of this highly original and influential thinker. This volume addresses the basis of her egoism in a virtue-centred normative ethics; her account of how moral norms in general are themselves based on a fundamental choice by an agent to value his own life; and how her own approach to the foundations of ethics is to be compared and contrasted with familiar approaches in the analytic ethical tradition.
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Philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand (1905–1982) is a cultural phenomenon. Yet Rand’s work has until recently received little serious attention from academics. This new series seeks a fuller scholarly understanding of this highly original and influential thinker. The chapters in this volume address the basis of her egoism in a virtue-centred normative ethics; her account of how moral norms in general are themselves based on a fundamental choice by an agent to value his own life; and how her own approach to the foundations of ethics is to be compared and contrasted with familiar approaches in the analytic ethical tradition.
Pages 200
Date Published 30 Jan 2014
Publisher University of Pittsburgh Press
Series Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies
Subject/s Western philosophy, from c 1900 -   Ethics & moral philosophy  
Allan Gotthelf is Anthem Foundation Distinguished Fellow for Research and Teaching in Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of On Ayn Rand and Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Biology and coeditor of Philosophical Issues in Aristotle’s Biology and the forthcoming Ayn Rand: A Companion to Her Works and Thought.

James G. Lennox, USA is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is the author of Aristotle: On the Parts of Animals I–IV and Aristotle’s Philosophy of Biology: Studies in the Origins of Life Science. Lennox is coeditor of Philosophical Issues in Aristotle’s Biology; Being, Nature, and Life in Aristotle: Essays in Honor of Allan Gotthelf; and Concepts, Theories, and Rationality in the Biological Sciences.

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