Professor Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director, The Ayn Rand Institute
Abstract: Ayn Rand is widely known as a defender of laissez-faire capitalism. Less well known is that she based her defense on a new and radical conception of morality: rational egoism. Whereas the conventional view holds that the good consists of sacrificing oneself to others, Rand held that the moral purpose of one's life is one's own success and happiness. She argued that pursuing one's self-interest does not consist in indulging one’s desires or exploiting others, but in committing oneself unwaveringly to reason. In this talk, Dr. Brook will outline Rand's ethics, and its relationship to her advocacy of capitalism.