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Ayn Rand chose this book’s provocative title because she was on a mission to overcome the concept’s demonization. Synopsis and background info here. La Virtud Del Egoismo De Ayn Rand. 4 likes. Book. Find La Virtud Del Egoismo by Rand, Ayn at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers.

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She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow-up novel Atlas Shrugged describes a group who attempt to escape America’s conspiracy of mediocrity. Whether she’s right about what she thinks is a different story.

La captura de los aparatos del Estado ha demostrado su ineficacia para derrumbar los poderes que interpelan al sujeto desde su individualidad. The most eye opening part of the book was how she elaborates on love.

First, at the end of some of her chapters, her crisp logic gives way to a multiple paragraph emotional run up that ends with a dramatic metaphor about murder or destruction. Trump probably won’t become the Republican nominee, but not because most Republicans reject his premisses.

Thi The title of the book is slightly misleading as most people have no true philosophical understanding of what is “selfishness”, immediately thinking of the irrational blanket understanding of individuals acting in grotesque mockery of true self interest, often harming themselves in the process. Gone are the days of quiritary and allodial title–though I suspect that Rand would reach back into the past for these concepts, had she any exposure to law or history.


Rand’s cold, sharp, clinical approach towards man’s motivations and existence leaves one cold. Give me a break. Lakoff, GeorgeNo pienses en un elefante: It’s like swimming through mud. There are nondescript, distorting references to Nietzsche, Heraclitus, and others, but no evidence that the writings of these persons have been assimilated.

The socialist nations have arrogated to themselves the term democracy. Rand’s “Virtue of Selfishness” seems to ring true in many respects for me. Everything in Objectivism is self-referential; how one feels about–or what one does for–another individual is based solely on that individual’s place in one’s own hierarchy of values. Here, though, a private action involving no vi et armis is glibly purported to be force.


Whatever they may be in morality, egoosmo are no rights sans law–and vel in law may be worthless if there are no remedies such as the weak remedies for Fourth Amendment violations make that beautiful set of rights somewhat worthless. It’s only because we have bought into the principle of sacrificing oneself for the greater good that armies can survive, yet the reason is so others can accumulate or obtain what you should be able to.

If people cannot claim the fruits of their labors as their own, they are completely at the mercy It’s a shock value title because the book is really about individualism vs. In a chapter called “How does one lead a rational life in an irrational society” she examines the necessity to make choices that all people face and how to evade such responsibility is the true nature of evil.

Not say they are sorry for being a success. He thinks an “I got mine, who atn if you’re okay” philosophy is admirable. For someone who valued “reason” so much, it’s odd that this book is so dense with logical fallacies and reasoning that is, at best, fuzzy and, at worst, ludicrous. Anything written by Ayn Rand has substantial merits. Let us hope that all other dictators, in other nations, will be accorded a similar response Mises Mises, Ludwig vonEconomic Policy.

This means The ability to choose voluntary cooperation from a rational appraisal of value, along with its opposite or the freedom yan not associate with people we do not value.

Egoísmo racional: el camino a una sociedad benevolente

As for me, I found morally repugnant ideas on nearly every page. This kind of extreme, polemical speech is fairly common in Randian discourse, no matter which side you are on.

There’s also no incentive to accept responsibility if you don’t have any rights or only limited rights to the results of your work. Part II of multi-part review series. Rand was as anti-community and pro-individual as anyone I have ever read. Marx, KarlEl Capitaltrad. But what I like about Spinoza is his emphasis on reciprocity and empathy–in other words, the Golden Rule that has been a near universal in moral thinking from Confucius to Jesus: I understand what Rand is trying to say.

A must read for those who are young and conscientious. I think that one dictator, Juan Peron here in Argentina, was given a good answer when he was forced into exile in Was it the altruist ethics of abolishing chattel slavery, maybe?


Say what you will, the woman had guts. In case you think these ideas are marginal to the party, reme Just noticed this in Johan Hari’s column from today’s Independent: Yet having read her books, even without her elaborating, I knew what she meant.

Personally, I find it embarrassing that so many intelligent people are taken in by her dismissal of altruism; as Gore Vidal rightly points out in his shrewd essay on Rand, the fact that an author who blatantly preaches “every man for himself” is so popular says quite a bit about egoiemo society. Editorial Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica, en prensa. I don’t attack Rand for being secular there’s nothing wrong with rnad ; rather I attack the hypocrisy of her statement that religion imprisons man in dogma, but then goes on to state a “philosophy” that is not only immoral, but equally dogmatic if not more so as she is highly dismissive of any views except her own, without any desire for a serious, open discussion.

Lest this be confused: If she’s looking down on her beloved America right now, I’m sure she’s shaking her head and saying, “I told you so. When Rand does discuss racism, it is denounced as a collectivism, but no mention of US capitalist slave trade is mentioned. There were a couple of chapters I liked in particular.

The smallest minority of all is the individual, she says. El neoliberalismo que el autor defiende se desnuda en todo su cinismo.

The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

Want to Read saving…. I really like many of the values Objectivism champions: Just noticed this in Johan Hari’s column from today’s Independent: Whether you like her or not, several of the essays are well worth the time to read, particularly “Collectivized Rights” and “Man’s Rights.

In her way she is a cheerleader for people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and make their lives happen.