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Selfishness Starts Here: Self-Esteem as the Gateway to Successful Egoism

Tara Smith

Presented at: OCON 2020

Date: May 16, 2020

Alongside purpose and reason, self-esteem is one of the foundational values of the Objectivist ethics. By exploring select facets of self-esteem (such as the sense of one’s worth and of one’s ability that it turns on), this lecture seeks to illuminate the way in which self-esteem is indispensable to a fully selfish and happy life. It should help to sharpen our understanding of exactly what self-esteem is, how it is built, and the value that self-esteem uniquely provides.


Parts: 1