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Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It Paperback – January 1, 2002
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"...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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- Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0971373709
- ISBN-10 : 0971373701
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.25 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Glen Allen Pr Llc (January 1, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #891,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Craig Biddle is one of the best modern philosophical writers we have — precisely because he IS so eminently readable. The arguments he makes are important arguments, and the way he delivers them makes the material incredibly cogent and authentically useful. These aren't ideas meant to be endlessly tinkered with in your head. These are ideas meant to be put into action. These are ideas around which to shape an extraordinary life.
Honestly, I recommend the book enough. And I'm extremely excited to see it now available on Audible as well. You're going to want the physical book, to be sure. (You're going to want to underline and revisit much from each chapter.) But I can see how the Audible version will make for both an excellent "first read" as well as an excellent means of review.
If you want to obtain a solid understanding of what a rational morality looks like, how it works, and why it's valid ... and if you want to see how that kind of morality can enable you to live a life worth living ... don't hesitate, don't put this off. Buy the book. Get it on Audible. And put everything else on your reading list on hold.
It's that good.
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.
While I enjoyed the details of the ethics presented here, especially when contrasted with the book Ethics for the Real World (by Ronald A. Howard and Clinton D. Korver) that left ethics up to individual choice, I was looking/hoping for more. Specifically, I would have liked to see more depth of coverage of complex topics such as creating value hierarchies and the theory that rational interests of individuals don't conflict. That said, this makes a good intro to (and case for) Objectivist eithics for those not familiar with the subject.
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.
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This is a book that should be included in every bookshelf and, far more important, carried together with “Atlas Shrugged” and “Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology” should someone state the awkward question of what books to carry with you should you come to live on a deserted island. Of course you wouldn’t carry books to a deserted island, for being there is an emergency that requires other, different items, for the task of survival, but even this circumstance is taken into consideration, for “Loving Life” incorporates an Appendix on emergency situations.
Should you have read above comment, please don’t hesitate and hurry to buy a copy of this book (or a Kindle copy, though you have to take into consideration that there’s no power plug on a desert island… unless you’re an engineer and knows how to construct a power plant.)