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Unrugged Individualism

Unrugged Individualism

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What is the nature of benevolence toward other people? How does it differ from altruism? Is it a major or minor virtue? How does it relate to the benevolent sense of life? David Kelley answers these questions in a groundbreaking work first published in 1996 (revised in 2003). "Unrugged Individualism" is the first philosophical analysis of benevolence from the Objectivist point of view, a major addition to the Objectivist ethics, and a convincing demonstration of the fertility of the system of ideas originated by Ayn Rand.

Praise for "Unrugged Individualism"

"In his superb monograph on benevolence as a necessary Objectivist virtue, Dr. Kelley beautifully fills a major gap in the Objectivist ethics. It is a much needed contribution. Every Objectivist needs to study this essay."
--Nathaniel Branden, author of "The Psychology of Self-Esteem" and "The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem"

"Benevolence is one of Ayn Rand's most intriguing concepts. David Kelley's careful and comprehensive analysis of the nature and implications of benevolence is a memorable contribution to the study of Rand's ideas and individualist ideas in general."
--Stephen Cox, professor of literature, University of San Diego

ABOUT DAVID KELLEY:
David Kelley is a professional philosopher, teacher, and writer. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a Visiting Lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a treatise on epistemology; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. With Roger Donway, he co-authored Laissez Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media, a critique of government regulation. He is also the author of A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State, a critique of the moral premises of the welfare state and defense of private alternatives that preserve individual autonomy, responsibility, and dignity.

His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. He has been an editorial writer for Barron's, has appeared on 20/20 and the ABC News special, "Greed" With John Stossel, and has written and lectured extensively on issues in philosophy, politics, and public affairs.

An active proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years, he has lectured to student groups at Harvard, Yale, University of Michigan, Berkeley, Amherst, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Mont Pelerin Society, the Free Press Association, the Cato Institute, and Heartland Institute, as well as many Objectivist conferences.

Information on Objectivism:
http://www.atlassociety.org/objectivism

Information on Atlas Shrugged:
http://www.atlassociety.org/atlas-shrugged
What is the nature of benevolence toward other people? How does it differ from altruism? Is it a major or minor virtue? How does it relate to the benevolent sense of life? David Kelley answers these questions in a groundbreaking work first published in 1996 (revised in 2003). "Unrugged Individualism" is the first philosophical analysis of benevolence from the Objectivist point of view, a major addition to the Objectivist ethics, and a convincing demonstration of the fertility of the system of ideas originated by Ayn Rand.

Praise for "Unrugged Individualism"

"In his superb monograph on benevolence as a necessary Objectivist virtue, Dr. Kelley beautifully fills a major gap in the Objectivist ethics. It is a much needed contribution. Every Objectivist needs to study this essay."
--Nathaniel Branden, author of "The Psychology of Self-Esteem" and "The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem"

"Benevolence is one of Ayn Rand's most intriguing concepts. David Kelley's careful and comprehensive analysis of the nature and implications of benevolence is a memorable contribution to the study of Rand's ideas and individualist ideas in general."
--Stephen Cox, professor of literature, University of San Diego

ABOUT DAVID KELLEY:
David Kelley is a professional philosopher, teacher, and writer. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a Visiting Lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a treatise on epistemology; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. With Roger Donway, he co-authored Laissez Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media, a critique of government regulation. He is also the author of A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State, a critique of the moral premises of the welfare state and defense of private alternatives that preserve individual autonomy, responsibility, and dignity.

His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. He has been an editorial writer for Barron's, has appeared on 20/20 and the ABC News special, "Greed" With John Stossel, and has written and lectured extensively on issues in philosophy, politics, and public affairs.

An active proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years, he has lectured to student groups at Harvard, Yale, University of Michigan, Berkeley, Amherst, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Mont Pelerin Society, the Free Press Association, the Cato Institute, and Heartland Institute, as well as many Objectivist conferences.

Information on Objectivism:
http://www.atlassociety.org/objectivism

Information on Atlas Shrugged:
http://www.atlassociety.org/atlas-shrugged

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UNRUGGEDINDIVIDUALISM
The Selfish Basis of Benevolence
D
AVID
K
ELLEY
The ATLAS SOCIETY
Washington, DC
 
The Atlas Society is a think tank promoting a free society and its culturalfoundations: a commitment to reason, individualism, and human achievement ascardinal values. Its work is based on the ideas of novelist and philosopher AynRand, author of 
The Fountainhead 
and
 Atlas Shrugged 
and founder of a newphilosophy of rational individualism that she called Objectivism.Except for minor editing and updating, this edition contains the complete text of the original edition.Revised Edition, 2003. Second Printing 2010.Copyright © 2003 by David KelleyAll Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted inany form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy,recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without priorpermission in writing from the publisher. All inquiries should be addressed toThe Objectivist Center, 11 Raymond Avenue, Suite 31, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataKelley, David, 1949–Unrugged individualism: the selfish basis for benevolence/DavidKelley.—Revised ed.Rev. ed. of: Unrugged individualism: the selfish basis of benevolence.©1996Includes notesISBN 1-57724-066-9Printed in the United States of AmericaThe Atlas Society1001 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 830Washington, DC 200361-800-374-1776
 
C
ONTENTS
1. I
NTRODUCTION
7
2. B
ACKGROUND
11
B
ENEVOLENCE
 
AND
A
LTRUISM
11
B
ENEVOLENCE
 
AND
 
THE
“B
ENEVOLENT
U
NIVERSE
15
3. T
HE
N
ATURE
 
OF
B
ENEVOLENCE
21
H
OW
 
TO
A
NALYZE
 
A
V
IRTUE
21
V
ALUES
: W
HAT
B
ENEVOLENCE
 
IS
F
OR
22
F
ACTS
: W
HY
B
ENEVOLENCE
 
IS
N
ECESSARY
26
B
ENEVOLENCE
 
AND
P
RODUCTIVENESS
29
4. T
HE
P
RACTICE
 
OF
B
ENEVOLENCE
33
C
IVILITY
33
S
ENSITIVITY
35
G
ENEROSITY
37
T
OLERANCE
42
5. C
ONCLUSION
47
N
OTES
49

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