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Author: Rand, Ayn
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The Virtue of Selfishness is a book on Ethics and Moral Philosophy by Ayn Rand. It puts across the opinion of the author about serious issues related to ethics, government rule, and many others.

Summary Of The Book

This is basically a collection of essays and papers by Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden.

This book is a reflection of the objectivist philosophy that the author believed in. The book talks about, among other things, recognition and acceptance of egoism as a sensible code of ethics. It also gives a view about the demolition of unselfish concern for others. Later on, it discusses about the characteristics of an acceptable government.

The author was involved in a misunderstanding with the publisher of the book regarding the matter of the story. But she was adamant and as a result, went for a new publisher and published it.

Most of the matter put forth in this book initially got printed in the objectivist newsletter. Only the information related to The Objectivist Ethics was not involved in it. Instead, it was a paper delivered by the author at the University of Wisconsin during a conference.

About Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer, novelist, and philosopher.

Apart from this book, she has authored many other bestselling novels some of which include The Fountainhead, Night of January 16th, and The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution.

She was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in the year 1905. She lacked the enthusiasm in attending school. She confessed to have started writing screenplays since being eight years old. She even started writing novels when she was ten. While attending high school she became a self-proclaimed atheist and that she attached importance to reason above everything else. After completing high school in the Crimea at the age of sixteen, Rand came back to Saint Petersburg and took admission at Petrograd State University. There she was educated in the department of social pedagogy, studying history. She also studied for a year at the State Technicum for Screen Arts in Leningrad. Afterwards, Rand evolved and advocated her Objectivist philosophy by the medium of her non-fiction creations and by imparting lectures to students at universities like Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, and MIT. She received the accolade of an honorary doctorate from Lewis & Clark College in 1963. Rand suffered heart failure and passed away in the year 1982 in New York City.

Specifications of Virtue Of Selfishness; The (Paperback)

Author Rand, Ayn
Book Details
Imprint SIGNET
Publication Year 1964
ISBN-13 9780451163936
ISBN-10 0451163931
Language English
Edition Reissue
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 176 Pages
Width 4.20 inch
Height 0.53 inch
Weight 100 g
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Rohit Ranjan
21 July 10
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Back to the basics!!

Well, to begin with, those of you who are familiar with the beauty of Ayn Rand's writing probably don't need to read this review. Anyway, this book is a collection of essays "on those ethical subjects which needed clarification in today's context..", by Ayn Rand with additional articles from Nathaniel Branden. It deals with a wide range of topics under ethics n rationality and is quite enlightening in a sense. A sound reason is the only prerequisite to read it. This book will appeal to the serious reader. Not very thick but the content is quite heavy.
Makes for a great non-fiction read!

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15 February 12
You have nothing to loose but your chains(of altruism)

I am not a stern believer of capitalism,being raised in a small-town communist,altruistic family and surroundings,saturated with praise for the inverted pyramid(where need takes priority). But i can fully vouch for one thing after reading many of rand's works that it would not have led to the extensive frustration that has been the part of much of my short adult life. All of Rand's works bares and calls hypocrisy a HYPOCRISY not as a delicate balancing act where how much ever hard you try you are bound to fail. I think i am truly moving towards a new level of freedom just like "comrade" Marx said "You have nothing to loose but your chains" (Sorry about the Marx comment, had read The Communist Manifesto when i was 17)

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06 March 14
Far too bitter and dogmatic to be useful

It is no secret that most of Ayn Rand's so called "philosophy" is series impassioned appeals to the mediocre, meek minds of the populace. This one is no different. Coming from the Soviet Union-and having suffered under the communist life-Rand embraced capitalistic ideals to such a mind-numbing extent that she developed blind faith in it no matter what. This book shows it. Given the extent to which this book dwelves into justifying her own inability to care about anyone but her own life, it is quite disconcerting so many people took it seriously.

She routinely advocates "self above all else" creedo, a logical conclusion of which, is an animalistic lifestyle: "eat the other before you yourself are eaten". In Rand's world, anyone who cannot be made to work, or bought, or sold, or enslaved, or does not have any other form of non-economic utility has no reason to exist. Family is just a cash nexus between individuals; the idea of altruism is contemptible; love is the same the lust which is bought by money. She resents anyone who does not pursue a lifestyle of hedonistic and avaricious orgy.

There is no denying that a society based principally on Capitalisitic ideals is far better and more prosperous than other systems, however, Rand's overstretching argument is ridiculous and pathetic.

Yes, capitalism and free markets are necessary for a well-functioning society. But there are much better sources to refer on the importance of these than *this* book.

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24 November 10
best book ever

if u cant understand a book it doesn't mean it's not a right and good book. anyone who renounce this book as it want to make you selfish didnt understand the book or didnt read it in the first place . Her books are written for people who love life this is the morality which can make good ethics . dont say you hate the book bcoz its anti altruism learn the defination of altruism and learn that a person donate money to help others bcoz it make them feel good of themself that they have done the right thing . and a thing is right is learnt through mind .

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