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Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand's Normative Theory (Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies) Hardcover – November 14, 2010
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[L]ively, informed, and sophicated papers . . . The exchange of ideas should benefit Rand scholars and all philosophers interested in the foundations of ethics.
“The Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies series will further the serious study of Ayn Rand, placing her in the history of philosophy and helping to demonstrate the originality and depth of a philosopher who is still often overlooked.”
—Michael S. Berliner, Founding Director, Ayn Rand Institute and Senior Advisor, Ayn Rand Archives
“The current interest in Ayn Rand and her writings—in the media, in schools and universities, and in academic publication—is great and growing. This series provides an opportunity for accurate, insightful, and knowledgeable treatment of her work.”
—Shoshana Milgram Knapp, Virginia Tech
—Philosophy in Review
“This collection of essays by Rand scholars and other academic philosophers is a fruitful interchange between the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand and contemporary ethical theory. The book includes valuable exchanges on questions about the metaphysics, epistemology, and normative content of ethics. . . . Lively, informed, and sophisticated. . . . The exchange of ideas should benefit Rand scholars and all philosophers interested in the foundation of ethics.”
The reader will benefit from what both of the authors have to say about Rand’s ethics. This collection is highly recommended.”
Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
“This volume takes up a wide variety of metaethical issues that are important both for those who look to Rand for inspiration and those who do not. Once can hope the conversation continues, for mutual benefit.”
About the Author
Allan Gotthelf is a visiting professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is emeritus professor of philosophy at The College of New Jersey and has taught on a visiting basis at Swarthmore, Oxford, Georgetown, Tokyo Metropolitan, and the University of Texas at Austin. Gotthelf is the author of On Ayn Rand and Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Biology (forthcoming), and is coeditor of Philosophical Issues in Aristotle’s Biology.
James G. Lennox is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. 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; Self-motion from Aristotle to Newton; and Concepts, Theories and Rationality in the Biological Sciences.
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For those unfamiliar with the works of Ayn Rand, but wishing to comment on her philosophy Objectivism or her literary oeuvre, I recommend reading her works. If, after reading her works and understanding her philosophy, one wishes to relate her thought to the history of philosophy and to technical problems in epistemology and ethics in particular, the following secondary works on aspects of Ayn Rand's philosophy are highly recommended: (per this review) "Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand's Normative Theory" edited by Allan Gotthelf and James G. Lennox, the works by Tara Smith, especially "Viable Values" and "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics" as well as Leonard Peikoff's "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand."
This book made me gag, it was so bad. The problem with this book is that it tries to analyze the "philosophy" of a woman who wasn't a philosopher. She was a cult novelist, and it is almost funny to take her so seriously. I only realized that after I bought it. My mistake was in not returning it.
This book is an absolute waste of money. It is only for the true believers. Anyone else is advised to take the money that they would use to purchase this book and give it to charity.