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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The Objectivist Ethics — Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship

The existential monuments to this theory are Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. It means the consciously chosen pursuit of a productive career, in any line of rational endeavor, great or modest, on any level of ability.

Use mdy dates from October Pages using multiple image with manual scaled images Commons category link from Wikidata Articles with Curlie links. Traditional ethics extol charity as the mark of nobility; Objectivism extols productive achievement, because no one exists merely for the sake of others.

Man cannot survive, as animals do, by the guidance of mere percepts.

The Objectivist Ethics

Its life is the standard of value directing its actions. If some men attempt to survive by means of brute force or fraud, by looting, robbing, cheating or enslaving the men who produce, it still remains true that their survival is made possible only by their victims, only by the men who choose to think and to produce the goods which they, the looters, are seizing.

According to Rand, consciousness possesses a specific and finite identity, just like everything else that exists; therefore, it must operate by a specific method of validation.

Yan choose many of our values, such as what work we enjoy and who are our friends and lovers. Nozick also argues that Rand’s solution to David Hume ‘s famous is-ought problem is unsatisfactory. To form a concept, one mentally isolates ethicd group of concretes of distinct perceptual unitson the basis of observed similarities which distinguish them from all other known concretes similarity is ‘the relationship between two or more existents which possess the same characteristic sbut in different measure or degree’ ; then, by a process of omitting the particular measurements of these concretes, one integrates them into a single new mental unit: The material is the whole of the universe, with no limits set to the knowledge he can acquire and to the enjoyment of life he can achieve.


The quotes within this passage are of Rand’s material elsewhere in the same book. The Other Side of Racism. Retrieved May 29, European Christian philosophy Scholasticism Thomism Renaissance humanism.

Objectivism (Ayn Rand) – Wikipedia

In situations for which its knowledge is inadequate, it perishes—as, for instance, an animal that stands paralyzed on the track of a railroad in the path of a speeding train. To obtain it, the higher organisms need the faculty of consciousness.

Christian philosophy Scholasticism Thomism Renaissance humanism. For example, optical illusions are errors in the conceptual identification of what is seen, not errors in sight itself. He does not treat men as masters or slaves, but as independent equals. John Lamont – – Faith and Philosophy 28 2: That measurements must exist is an essential part of the process.

Critique of “The Objectivist Ethics”

Any other approach Rand termed “the primacy of consciousness”, including any variant of metaphysical subjectivism or theism. Objectivism holds that man lives best as a trader, acting rationally for his own sake and dealing with others by exchanging value for value. It is the code of a person who holds his head up with pridein an objective appreciation of his merits and in aspiration to improvement in the future.

The Dark Ages and the Middle Ages are the existential monument to this theory of ethics. They have no cause to be shocked by the spectacle of their own success, and no right to damn human nature: Louisiana State University Press.

The principle of trade is the only rational ethical principle for all human relationships, personal and social, private and public, spiritual and material. Why does man need a code ramd values? This form of cooperation allows all men who take part in it to achieve a greater knowledge, skill and productive return on their effort than they could achieve if each had to produce ayyn he needs, on a desert island or on a self-sustaining farm.


If [man] chooses to live, a rational ethics will tell him what principles of action are required to implement his rqnd.

Thus the validation of value judgments is to be achieved by reference to the facts of reality. The differences occur only over the question of who is to be sacrificed to whom. Since everything man needs has to be discovered by his own mind and produced by his own effort, the two essentials of the method of survival proper to a rational being are: University objectivlst Illinois Press. As with the other axioms, an implicit understanding of causation is derived from one’s primary observations of causal connections among entities even before it is verbally identified, and serves as the basis of further knowledge.

Objectivism holds that because the opportunity to use reason without the initiation of force is necessary to achieve moral values, each individual has an inalienable objectivit right to act as his own judgment directs and to keep the product of his effort. Academic philosophers have mostly ignored or rejected Rand’s philosophy. Traditional ethics contrast the image of man as an animal with the ideal of man as an otherworldly monk. According to Rand, attaining knowledge beyond what is given in perception requires objectivish volition or the exercise of free will and adherence ethifs a specific method of validation through observation, concept-formation, and the application of inductive and deductive reasoning.