Jul 16, 2012
This episode is a review of "The
Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand. It is a group discussion
and the guests include Stephanie Murphy from Porc
Therapy and other friends. Here are some of the
things we cover in the discussion:
- The book's gutsy title
and the controversy surrounding it.
- The pros and cons of Ayn
Rand's morality and her own moralising.
- Aspects of the book we
found unconvincing, such as her dismissal of voluntaryism and her
idea that no conflict of interest is possible between rational
- Rand's convincing
takedown of ethical lifeboat scenarios.
- The fact that Ayn Rand
is ignored in universities.
- The impact that some of
Ayn Rand's contradictions (on intellectual property and on
non-aggression) have had on the objectivist movement's development,
especially it's pro-war stance on foreign policy.
- Her deconstruction of
other moral theories that were around during her time.
- Plus, we have a lot of
fun talking about her strange views on tapdancing and