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- Full Title: Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality
- Author(s): Tara Smith
- Year Published: 2000
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Publication Type: Academic
- ISBN-10: 0-8476-9760-6 (hardcover), 0-8476-9761-4 (paperback)
- ISBN-13: 978-0-8476-9760-1 (hardcover), 978-0-8476-9761-8 (paperback)
- Description: Smith defends the Objectivist view of ethics, offering an "elaboration and analysis of Rand's view."
- Why Be Moral?
- A Misconceived Question?
- Historical Answers
- The Case for Intuitionism
- The Case for Contractarianism
- Dubious Conceptions of Morality and Interest
- The Case for Rationalism
- Why Be Rational?
- What Is Rational Action?
- Justification of Action
- The Rationality of Ends
- Rationalism's Collapse
- Intrinsic Value: A False Foundation
- What Is Intrinsic Value?
- The Argument
- The Evidence for Intrinsic Value
- The Regress Argument
- Artificial Alternatives
- Morality's Roots in Life
- The Argument for Morality's Basis in Life
- Life Makes the Concept of Value Possible
- Life Makes the Concept of Value Necessary
- Life as the Goal and the Standard of Value
- Value as the Basis for Normative Ethics
- Value's Objectivity
- Value Is Relational
- Value Is Based in Facts
- Objections and Clarifications
- Is Life a Value, or Is Life the Source of Value?
- How Does a Person Choose Life?
- Is the Choice of Life Justified
- Does the Choice to Live Undermine the Objectivity of Value
- Living without a Life-Based Code
- Morality's Reward: Flourishing
- What Flourishing Is
- Why Flourishing Is the Proper End of Value
- Living Is Flourishing
- The Quality-Quantity Distinction
- The Needs-Wants Distinction
- Not by Bread Alone
- Flourishing Is Objective
- Principled Egoism: The Only Way to Live
- The Necessity of Egoism
- What Self-Interest Is and Demands
- Self-Interest's Spiritual Dimension
- Self-Interest's Demands
- The Egoist Needs Principles
- The Status of Ill-Begotten Gains
- Implications for the Relationship between Individuals' Interests
- Pursuit of Self-Interest Is Not a Zero-Sum Game
- Value Is Contextual
- Value Is Created
- Rational Interests Do Not Conflict
- Selected List of Works Consulted
- About the Author
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