Ayn Rand’s ethics, the centerpiece of Objectivism, is a code of morality for living and loving life. This is a beautiful thing. Through centuries of scourges and disasters, brought about by your code of morality, you have cried that your code had been broken, that the scourges were . AYN RAND’S OBJECTIVIST ETHICS AS THE FOUNDATION OF BUSINESS ETHICS∗. The purpose of this paper is to present the essence of Ayn Rand’s theory.

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As with the other axioms, an implicit understanding of causation is derived from one’s primary observations of causal connections among entities even before it is verbally identified, and serves as the basis of further knowledge.

The Objectivist Ethics

For Rand, all of the principal virtues are applications of the role of reason as man’s basic tool of survival: In situations for which its knowledge is inadequate, it perishes—as, for instance, an animal that stands paralyzed on the track of a railroad in the path of a speeding train. No keywords specified fix it. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

It is proof that they are axiomsthat they are at the base of knowledge and thus inescapable.

Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

You went on crying that your code was noble, objectivit human nature was not good enough to practice it. The only alternative would be that they live without orientation to reality.

Just as sensations are the first step of the development of a human consciousness in the realm of cognitionso they are its first step in the realm of evaluation.

It honors the creativity not only of artists and scholars, but of the producers on whose shoulders civilization rests: The values of Objectivism are the means to a happy life.

Because one person’s happiness does not come at the expense of another’s, a life of mutual respect and benevolent independence is possible for all.


It is only on the basis of rational selfishness—on the basis of justice—that men can be fit to live together in a free, peaceful, prosperous, benevolent, rational society. Retrieved August 8, On the physical level, the functions of all living organisms, from the simplest to the most complex—from the nutritive function in the single cell of an amoeba to the blood circulation in the body of a man—are actions generated by the organism itself and directed to a single goal: An organism that possesses only the faculty of sensation is guided by the pleasure-pain mechanism of its body, that is: The physical functions of their bodies can perform automatically only the task of using fuel, but cannot obtain that fuel.

The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Masterworks in the Western Tradition.

What is the Objectivist Position in Morality (Ethics)?

If it perishes, it will perish ojectivist default, undiscovered and unidentified: He does not switch to others the burden of his failures, and he does not mortgage his life into bondage to the failures of others. Objectivist epistemology begins with the principle that “consciousness is identification”. For man, the basic means of survival is reason.

Rand acknowledged the importance of emotion for human beings, but she maintained that emotions are a consequence of the conscious or subconscious ideas that a person already accepts, not a means of ethjcs awareness of reality.

In etbics hour and issue of his life, man is free to think or to evade that effort. The application of reason to our problems allows us to create solutions.

Induction in Physics Critique of “the Objectivist Ethics”.

In content, they are merely variants of altruism, the ethical theory which regards man as a sacrificial animal, which holds that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to xyn is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value. And zyn is only a living organism that has the capacity for self-generated, goal-directed action. Any other approach Rand termed “the primacy of consciousness”, including any variant of metaphysical subjectivism or theism.


Objectivism’s central tenets are that reality exists independently of consciousnessthat human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception see Direct and indirect realismthat one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logicthat the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness see Rational egoismthat the only social system consistent with this morality is one that displays full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalismand that the role of art in human life is to transform humans’ metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.

According to Rand, “[T]he term ‘measurements omitted’ does not mean, in this context, that measurements are regarded as non-existent; it means that measurements exist, but are not specified.

The Objectivist Ethics

Studies in Ayn Rand’s Normative Theory. Rand argued that limited intellectual property monopolies being granted to certain inventors and artists on a first-to-file basis are moral because she viewed all property as fundamentally intellectual. Man ethkcs focus his mind to a full, active, purposefully directed awareness of reality—or he can unfocus it and let himself drift in a semiconscious daze, merely reacting to any chance stimulus of the immediate moment, at the mercy of his undirected sensory-perceptual mechanism and of any random, associational connections it might happen to make.

The subjectivist theory of ethics is, strictly speaking, not a theory, but a negation of ethics.