The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

by Ayn Rand
Reviewed date: 2005 Jun 30
168 pages
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Ayn Rand's ethical theory of Objectivism is among the most important influences on 20th and 21st century thought. Her 1200-page novel Atlas Shrugged explains it all, but a more concise explanation is offered in this slim collection of essays. In it she offers a rational, ethical defense of capitalism and individualism, and explains why communism, socialism, and all other forms of altruistic or collectivist governments are immoral and unethical.

  • The Objectivist Ethics, by Ayn Rand (1961)
  • Mental Health versus Mysticism and Self-Sacrifice, by Nathaniel Branden (1963)
  • The Ethics of Emergencies, by Ayn Rand (1963)
  • The "Conflicts" of Men's Interests, by Ayn Rand (1962)
  • Isn't Everyone Selfish?, by Nathaniel Branden (1962)
  • The Psychology of Pleasure, by Nathaniel Branden (1964)
  • Doesn't Life Require Compromise?, by Ayn Rand (1962)
  • How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?, by Ayn Rand (1962)
  • The Cult of Moral Grayness, by Ayn Rand (1964)
  • Collectivized Ethics, by Ayn Rand (1963)
  • The Monument Builders, by Ayn Rand (1962)
  • Man's Rights, by Ayn Rand (1963)
  • Collectivized "Rights", by Ayn Rand (1963)
  • The Nature of Government, by Ayn Rand (1963)
  • Government Financing in a Free Society, by Ayn Rand (1964)
  • The Divine Right of Stagnation, by Nathaniel Branden (1963)
  • Racism, by Ayn Rand (1963)
  • Counterfeit Individualism, by Nathaniel Branden (1962)
  • The Argument from Intimidation, by Ayn Rand (1964)

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