Ayn Rand’s ethics, the centerpiece of Objectivism, is a code of morality for living and loving life. This is a beautiful thing. Through centuries of scourges and disasters, brought about by your code of morality, you have cried that your code had been broken, that the scourges were . AYN RAND’S OBJECTIVIST ETHICS AS THE FOUNDATION OF BUSINESS ETHICS∗. The purpose of this paper is to present the essence of Ayn Rand’s theory.

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What’s in a Credo? Retrieved August 8, Does man need values at all—and why?

The Objectivist Ethics — Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship

Rand argued that consciousness is “the faculty of perceiving that which exists. So long as that question remained unanswered, no rational, scientific, objective code of ethics could be discovered or defined.

And since knowledge, ideas, and other non-material goods can be shared as widely as need be, we are not in fundamental competition with others for our spiritual needs, either.

We offer him life as his reward for accepting ours. Critique of “the Objectivist Ethics”. The cardinal values of Objectivism are Reason, Purpose, and Self. And if you wish to go on living, what you now need is not to return to morality.


I will not attempt, in a brief lecture, to discuss the political theory of Objectivism. The Objectivist ethics rebuilds morality from the ground up. If he chooses irrational values, he switches his emotional mechanism from the role of his guardian to the role of his destroyer.

Men have the right to use physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. A sensation is produced by the automatic reaction of a sense organ to a stimulus from the rabd world; it lasts for the duration of the immediate moment, as long as the stimulus lasts and no longer. What the State Is Not”.

Because one person’s happiness does not come at the expense of another’s, a life of mutual respect and benevolent independence is possible for all. What is the Objectivist position in morality ethics? The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts. Views Read Edit View history. To achieve happiness requires a morality of rational selfishness, one that does not give ojbectivist rewards to others and that does not ask them for oneself.

Critique of “The Objectivist Ethics”

Rand opposed racism and any legal application of racism. The basic social principle of the Objectivist ethics is that just as life is an end in itself, so every living human being is an end in himself, not the means to the ends or the welfare of others—and, therefore, that man must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor ohjectivist others to himself. Its actions are not single, discrete responses to single, separate stimuli, but are directed by an integrated awareness of the perceptual reality confronting it.


Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem, with their three gand virtues: The ethical principle involved is simple and clear-cut: In recent decades Rand’s works are more likely to be encountered in the classroom. Blair, Paul Spring Reality confronts a man with a great many “must’s”, but all of them are conditional: The fundamental right is the right to life.

The human mode of living is production: Yet his life depends erhics such knowledge—and only a volitional act of his consciousness, a process of thought, can provide it.

The Romantic Manifesto paperback ed. Capitalism is not the system of the past; it is the system of the future—if mankind is to have a future. Life is a choice we must make consciously and seriously, argues Rand, or else we may find that, fthics default, we have chosen the alternative: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand.