Ayn Rand on Selfishness

published 6 years ago by BBC Radio

Ayn Rand believed we have a duty to be selfish and any other behaviour is irrational. Narrated by Stephen Fry.

WNED. Morality and selfishness sound like opposites. But not according to the Russian American novelist of the 19 fifties Ayn Rand. She thought it was. That behaving rationally meant putting your own interests first. You actually have a duty to be selfish. Altruism all self sacrifice are immoral she claimed. As he's asking for help from others. Rand's approach which she labeled objectivism. Starts from the claim that he's an objective reality out there and that human beings understand it through reason not emotion. There is no god we survive by pursuing our own rational self interest. She thought it followed from this that the highest moral purpose was for each of ...

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