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In Defense Of Selfishness

Dimensions: L: 16.5cm x W: 2cm x H: 24.1cm

Product Code: 9781137280169

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From childhood, we're taught one central, non-controversial idea about morality: self-sacrifice is a virtue. It is universally accepted that serving the needs of others, rather than our own, is the essence of morality. To be ethical it is believed is to be altruistic. Questioning this belief is regarded as tantamount to questioning the self-evident. Here, Peter Schwartz questions it. In Defense of Selfishness refutes widespread misconceptions about the meaning of selfishness and of altruism. Basing his arguments on Ayn Rand's ethics of rational self-interest, Schwartz demonstrates that genuine selfishness is not exemplified by the brutal plundering of an Attila the Hun or the conniving duplicity of a Bernard Madoff. To the contrary, such people are acting against their actual, long-range interests. The truly selfish individual is committed to moral principles and lives an honest, productive, self-respecting life. He does not feed parasitically off other people. Instead, he renounces the unearned, and deals with others in both the material and spiritual realms - by offering value for value, to mutual benefit. * This book may have reminder mark*

Book Title In Defense Of Selfishness
ISBN 9781137280169
By Author(s) Peter Schwartz
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.5cm x 2cm x 24.1cm
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