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Then Athena said : unilateral transfers and the transformation of objectivist ethics

Author: Kathleen Touchstone
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"According to Objectivist David Kelley, financier Michael Milken has done more for mankind than humanitarian Mother Teresa. Working from this statement, Then Athena Said examines Objectivism, a philosophy founded by Ayn Rand, and ultimately concludes, in opposition to essential claims of Objectivism, that other people are a fundamental part of reality. In making this claim, Then Athena Said reconsiders Objectivism's  Read more...
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Named Person: Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Touchstone
ISBN: 0761835199 9780761835196
OCLC Number: 70783649
Description: 432 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. The basis for objectivist ethics --
Ch. 2. Reproductivity --
Ch. 3. Forced unilateral transfers and retaliation in a state of nature --
Ch. 4. Decision-making on a desert island --
Ch. 5. Decision-making with two players --
Ch. 6. The primary social unit (PSU) --
Ch. 7. Rights : positive and negative --
Ch. 8. Ownership --
Ch. 9. Intellectual property : unilateral transfers --
Ch. 10. The social contract --
Ch. 11. Value --
Ch. 12. Productivity and destiny --
Ch. 13. Replacement capital --
Ch. 14. The consumption-saving decision --
Ch. 15. Ethical decision-making --
Ch. 16. Charity --
Ch. 17. Favors, forgiveness, and emotions.
Responsibility: Kathleen Touchstone.
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"According to Objectivist David Kelley, financier Michael Milken has done more for mankind than humanitarian Mother Teresa. Working from this statement, Then Athena Said examines Objectivism, a philosophy founded by Ayn Rand, and ultimately concludes, in opposition to essential claims of Objectivism, that other people are a fundamental part of reality. In making this claim, Then Athena Said reconsiders Objectivism's central social tenet, the Trader Principle, which dictates the bilateral exchange of value for value between independent equals: elevates "reproductivity" to be on par with productivity, Objectivism's central virtue; and derives a "heuristic" for charitable giving. Relying, in part upon economic theory, decision theory under uncertainty, and game theory, Then Athena Said examines unilateral transfers - including charity, childrearing, bequests, retribution, gifts, favors, forgiveness, and various infringements against persons or property - within the Objectivist framework."--BOOK JACKET.

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