- Mass Market Paperback: 173 pages
- Publisher: Signet; Mass Paperback Edition edition (November 1, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451163931
- ISBN-13: 978-0451163936
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Virtue of Selfishness: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Mass Market Paperback – CLV, November 1, 1964
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The problem with Rand is easily detectable by careful listeners of this production: a good essayist with a flair for the dramatic turn of phrase, she wasted her obvious writing skills in an effort to support outlandish personal opinions cloaked in the guise of logic. An absolutist thinker, she devotes one whole essay to an effort to persuade us that we really should see things as black and white, with no shades of gray. Born in Soviet Russia, Rand so despised socialism and collectivist thinking that she leapt to the furthest extreme possible to become the champion of unbridled capitalism, the rights of the individual at the expense of the community, and the diminution of all regulation by the state, with the exception of a judicial system and the control of crime. Among the sadly dated ideas she conveys are the attitude that homosexuals are mutant symptoms of a sick society and the belief that anyone with an interest in internationalism is a "one world" proponent. To use one of her own favored words, Rand's political and social philosophy is critically "muddled." C.M. Herbert's voice is efficient and cold, making it a perfect choice for the narration of this author's work. Recommended only as documentation of an anomaly in the history of ideas. Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
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About the Author
Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.
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This book--The Virtue of Selfishness-A New Concept of Egoism--blows my mind when I read it. Ayn Rand, the author of this book, is so good at expressing her beliefs in moral and ethical issues. The idea expressed in this book is relatively alien to me because of Catholic school's social teaching. However, Ayn Rand's ideas are not alien to American society: Ayn Rand's ideas were mostly opposite to Jesus' teaching, yet her book was popular among Republicans, especially those proclaim to be Christian conservatives (Ayn Rand was an atheist and she was pro-choice.)
However, her writing in this book does speak the truth. Ayn Rand writes, "An organism's life is its standard by value: that which furthers its life is the good, that which threatens it is the evil." It is true because throughout this book she supports and advocates a rational, objective "selfishness" rather than a selfishness based on one's whim. For example: the November 2015 Paris attacks, which resulted in the death of 129 innocent people, was a human tragedy. Therefore, according to this book, the "selfish" thing to do is to stand up against the terrorists because they threaten the human life rather than indifference which is based on whim. I believe that is the true interpretation of Ayn Rand's philosophy that was addressed in the Virtue of Selfishness.
Overall, the book is extremely appealing and worth reading. I strongly recommend this book. In addition, I had to look up some words in this book because it involves philosophical jargons.