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Being Selfish, Being Happy

Tara Smith

Presented at: OCON 2016

Date: Jul 01, 2016

The idea that a person should be selfish is so alien in our culture that people struggle to understand what Ayn Rand could possibly mean. These talks explain crucial features of what rational egoism is, what it is not, and what it is for. They explore the way in which a man’s selfishness is his only means of achieving sustainable happiness. 

Egoism’s principle is reason. Its point is personal flourishing. The question: What does this mean for you?


Parts: 2

Handout: none


  • Campus, 2017 (En) - 152 mins
  • YouTube, 2020 (En) - 80 mins - Lesson 1 - Rational Egoism
  • YouTube, 2020 (En) - 72 mins - Lesson 2 - Rational Happiness