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Rational self-interest

Stephen Hicks discusses Ayn Rand’s ethical theory. This is from Part 12 of his Philosophy of Education course. Previous: Liberal politics. Next: “Primacy of Existence”. Return to the Philosophy of Education page. Return to the StephenHicks.org main page.

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Altruism’s solution: selflessness, sacrifice, lose/win service to others

Stephen Hicks here discusses altruism’s solution to the Myth of Gyges. This is from Part 5 of Professor Hicks’s Philosophy of Education course. Clips 1-2: Previous: Predation’s solution: power, aggression, win/lose. Next: The Three Options Chart Return to the Philosophy … Continue reading

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The Three Ethics Options Chart

Here Professor Hicks develops a three-dimensional chart to contrast egoism, altruism, and predation. This is from Part 5 of his Philosophy of Education course. Previous: Altruism’s solution: selflessness, sacrifice, lose/win service to others. Next: Role models in ethics. Return to … Continue reading

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Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand

My “Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand” has come out in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. Here is the abstract for my 43-page study: “Philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand are often identified as strong critics of altruism and arch … Continue reading

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Toohey’s five strategies of altruism [repost]

[We are reading The Fountainhead this week in my Introduction to Philosophy course, so this is a re-post for new readers this semester.] The ethics of altruism holds that others are standard of value. One is good to the extent … Continue reading

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Idealism, not politics as usual [Section 11 of Nietzsche and the Nazis]

[This is Section 11 of Nietzsche and the Nazis.] 11. Idealism, not politics as usual It is important to emphasize that the Nazis put their program forward forthrightly and as a noble—even spiritual—ideal to achieve. They promised not merely another … Continue reading

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Toohey’s five strategies of altruism

The ethics of altruism holds that others are standard of value. One is good to the extent one puts the interests of other first, acts to achieve their interests, and, when necessary, sacrifices one’s interests for their sake. In The … Continue reading

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The four healthcare debates

Like many of you, I am engaged with thinking through the healthcare proposals and debates and am occasionally frustrated with the scattered focus and the talking past the other guy’s position. So, as a start, I propose a clarification of … Continue reading

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