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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden Narrator: C. M. Hébert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The provocative title of Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness introduces an equally provocative thesis about ethics. Traditional ethics has always been suspicious of self-interest, praising acts that are selfless in intent and calling acts that are motivated by self-interest amoral or immoral. Ayn Rand’s view is exactly the opposite.

This collection of nineteen essays is an effective summary of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, which holds the value of the individual over and above that of the state or any other collective. The thread running through all of the essays is Rand’s definition of selfishness as “rational self-interest,” with the idea that one has the right to assure one’s own survival, to pursue happiness, and to own the fruits of one’s labor without having to sacrifice any of these to others against one’s will.

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  • “Ayn Rand was the single most important novelist and philosopher of the 20th century. Or so she admitted with all due modesty, whenever the subject came up.”

    Scott McLemee

  • “C. M. Hébert reads with a passion and confidence that seems to personify Rand. One especially well-read passage depicts a hypothetical conversation in which she defends her views to a critic.”


  • “C. M. Hébert’s voice is efficient and cold, making it a perfect choice for the narration of this author’s work.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clarissa | 2/16/2014

    " I base my success on the lessons in this book. Although sometimes she is a bit far-fetched in her ideas, Rand's explanations on the virtue of selfishness will help you realize you're the most important person in your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sequoia | 2/4/2014

    " The double standard of selfishness is at the core of capitalist thought. Selfish whims are not compatible to what Rand means in her application of rational objectivism. However,it seems that should one misinterpret the axioms of objectivism, the ego may be driven to trap the masses in a never ending cycle of fear and consumption while a small few gather the spoils. Objectivism works for capitalism because it seems to justify injustice. I reread this book to keep track of our nation's neo robber barons. Although I appreciate the struggles of being a female intellectual in a male driven field, I am NOT a fan of Rand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 1/14/2014

    " Ayn Rand irritates me. She has a way of postulating extremes that really hacks me off. Thoughtful making. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lily | 1/14/2014

    " The book that in the Sixties turned me off on Ayn Rand, along with her relationship with Nathaniel Branden. See also [book: My Years with Ayn Rand}. "

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