The Virtue of Selfishness

The Virtue of Selfishness

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Mass Market Paperback
Additional Formats
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451163936
  • 176 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life–the life proper to a rational being–as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man’s nature, with the creative requirements of his survival, and with a free society.

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Table of Contents

The Virtue of Selfishness Introduction
1. The Objectivist Ethics, Ayn Rand (1961)
2. Mental Health versus Mysticism and Self-Sacrifice, Nathaniel Branden (1963)
3. The Ethics of Emergencies, Ayn Rand (1963)
4. The “Conflicts” of Men’s Interests, Ayn Rand (1962)
5. Isn’t Everyone Selfish?, Nathaniel Branden (1962)
6. The Psychology of Pleasure, Nathaniel Branden (1964)
7. Doesn’t Life Require Compromise?, Ayn Rand (1962)
8. How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?, Ayn Rand (1962)
9. The Cult of Moral Grayness, Ayn Rand (1964)
10. Collectivized Ethics, Ayn Rand (1963)
11. The Monument Builders, Ayn Rand (1962)
12. Man’s Rights, Ayn Rand (1963)
13. Collectivized “Rights”, Ayn Rand (1963)
14. The Nature of Government, Ayn Rand (1963)
15. Government Financing in a Free Society, Ayn Rand (1964)
16. The Divine Right of Stagnation, Nathaniel Branden (1963)
17. Racism, Ayn Rand (1963)
18. Counterfeit Individualism, Nathaniel Branden (1962)
19. The Argument from Intimidation, Ayn Rand (1964)
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