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Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It Paperback – January, 2002
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"...Biddle demolishes the conventional wisdom that holds sacrifice as a moral ideal and offers...a compelling alternative." -- Center for the Advancement of Capitalism
"...challenging, informative, thoughtful.... Loving Life is very highly recommended reading...." -- Midwest Book Review
"...clear, simple, and...succinct.... [Biddle] performs effectively the difficult task of taking abstract moral principles and concretizing them...." -- The Intellectual Activist
"From start to finish, Loving Life engages the reader with its lively conversational style." -- The Ayn Rand Bookstore
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_Loving Life_ begins by exposing the baseless nature of the various moralities that call for human sacrifice and lead to human suffering; it then shows how a true morality is derived logically from observable facts and what such a morality implies--personally, socially, and politically. With clarity and elegance, Biddle demonstrates the principles, values, and virtues that are essential to human life and happiness; and he defines and defends the social and political conditions that are required for people to live together as civilized beings. His lucid discussion ranges from the fundamental cause of the massacre at Columbine High School to why Islamic terrorists are committed altruists; from what is wrong with subjectivism to why religion is a form of subjectivism; from the objective foundation of morality to the universal requirements of personal happiness; from the essence of moral virtue to why laissez-faire capitalism is the only moral social system. This book is as timely as it is profound.
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In addition Mr. Biddle does not just stop there but spends the rest of the book presenting the proper alternative to the false God/Anything Goes dichotomy -- a morality based of reason and principled self-intest. He shows how morality can be derived from facts and what the specifics of such a fact-based morality would look like. He concludes by outlining the essential principle of politics -- individual rights.
For those who have only modest exposure to Rand's works -- and who may have read critiques of Objectivism as a philosophy -- this book puts the misinformation into perspective and will help you better understand what objectivism is -- and what it is not.
Thankfully, this seems to be changing for the better with an emerging new generation of Objectivists.
Biddle's compelling book is an outstanding "breath of fresh air" in comparison to the frequently dry and overly-academic presentations of the powerful philosophy of Ayn Rand given by her most prominent followers.
Without question "Loving Life" is the BEST and most concise overview summary of Objectivism out there today.
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It turns out that Biddle is a racist (technically a "hater") that hates life yet paradoxically this book alleges...Read more