Notes on the Epistemology of Altruism
Jul 02, 2005
The vices of altruism, like the virtues of egoism, lie fundamentally in epistemology. Taken from Mr. Schwartz's book-in-progress, this talk presents various elements of altruism that reflect its primacy-of-consciousness philosophy. As part of that presentation, Mr. Schwartz discusses how the rejection of reason is not simply a precondition of the altruist's demand for sacrifice, but the very essence of that demand. Other topics include: altruism's range-of-the-moment mentality; altruism's hostility toward the principle of objectivity; the metaphysical link between altruism and collectivism; and altruism's view of the role of the mind in human existence.