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Aristotle and Ayn Rand on Flourishing

Carrie-Ann Biondi

Presented at: TOS-CON 2018

Date: Aug 16, 2018

What is human flourishing? Is it good? If so, why—and how can you achieve it? Aristotle and Ayn Rand address such questions in substantially similar ways. Both see human flourishing and happiness as good and achievable. Both anchor their ethics in human nature, seeing man as a rational, volitional being who needs to act accordingly throughout his life in order to thrive. And both identify corresponding actions that qualify as virtues. Aristotle and Rand also see human flourishing as dependent on certain political conditions, such as stable government, freedom, and the rule of law. In this talk, Carrie-Ann Biondi will highlight and compare key ideas of Aristotle and Rand, showing how they can guide or inform our choices—great and small—as we pursue happiness and advocate freedom.


Parts: 2

Handout: none