Read the full text of Aaron Smith’s article, “Ayn Rand: A New Concept of Egoism,” previously published in De Filosoof (The Philosopher), the quarterly magazine of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Each entry in the Ayn Rand Lexicon contains information on one discrete topic, but reading two entries together can generate dividends too. Taken together, the entries for “‘Duty’” and “Responsibility/Obligation” show different sides of the same issue and help to distinguish a widespread view in ethics from the Objectivist approach.
Aaron Smith, a philosopher at ARI, recently published “Ayn Rand: A New Concept of Egoism,” an essay introducing Rand's unique approach to self-interest, in De Filosoof (“The Philosopher”), the quarterly magazine of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Clicking on the “Lexicon” tab (always visible on the ARI Campus top menu line) opens to an alphabetical index of topics, with quotations from Ayn Rand presenting the essential Objectivist position on more than four hundred topics.
To understand Ayn Rand’s view that selfishness is a virtue and altruism a vice, one cannot take for granted the conventional meanings ascribed to these terms. The new ARI Campus makes it easy to locate Rand’s definitions and essential viewpoints on these and many other issues.