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In Defense of Altruism

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Summary

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  • Full Title: In Defense of Altruism: Inadequacies of Ayn Rand's Ethics and Psychological Egoism
  • Author(s): Lloyd Bishop
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Publisher: University Press of the South
  • Publication Type: Academic
  • ISBN-10: 1-889431-79-6 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-889431-79-6 (paperback)
  • Description: After discovering the "shocking" fact that "Rand is still being enthusiastically read by undergraduates," Bishop decided to write "an informal essay" to fight "the pernicious influence of Rand's philosophy on young minds." This essay forms the second part of Bishop's book.

Contents

Part One: Defending Altruism against Psychological Egoism

  1. Altruism and Economics
  2. Humanistic Economics
  3. Altruism and Psychology
  4. Insights from Humanistic Psychology
  5. Altruism and Politics
  6. Altruism and Human Nature
  7. On the Existence, the Varieties, and the Importance of Altruism

Part Two: Defending Altruism against the Ethical Egoism of Ayn Rand

  1. Rand's Travesty of Altruism
  2. Altruism versus Self-Interest: A False Dichotomy
  3. Rand's Narrow Vision
  4. Challenges to Egoistic Individualism
  5. More Narrowness: Rand's View of the Role of Government

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