Reclaiming Egoism and Morality
Jul 02, 2000
What is responsible for egoism's damning reputation? And how does one practice egoism to lead a happy, value-packed life? To answer the first question, this class looks at philosophers' false views of egoism and morality, and identifies the root of their errors––as well as at some correct identifications, notably Aristotle's––in order to see what influence they have had on today's conceptions of egoism and morality. To answer the second, the course examines what being an egoistic value-pursuer requires in action. It explores what is revolutionary about Ayn Rand's conception of selfishness and morality, and why her ideas are key to achieving happiness.