Yaron Brook Show: With Philosopher Tara Smith - Selfishness, Happiness & Justice

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2y Jan 14, 2019

Yaron discusses, with guest philosopher Tara Smith, the Objectivist conception of selfishness, it's relationship with happiness and why the virtue of Justice is a requirement for both.

Episode Breakdown:
00:01:17: Objectivism and Selfishness; Subjectivist Selfishness
00:07:40: Discovering Universal Objective Principles for human living and morality
00:10:43: Question: How does one avoid feelings of discouragement when pursuing values?
00:14:27: Emotions and Selfishness;
00:17:25: Objective Values vs. Personal Values;
00:19:23: misunderstandings about Selfishness amongst ‘common’ people
00:29:25: intellectual and philosophical attack on Selfishness
00:31:03: harm of lying to Self-Esteem; moral and practical; rational self-interest long-term
00:34:30: balancing between fulfilling short-term desires and achieving long-term interests
00:37:40: Question: Isn’t the initiation of force bad because it harms others?
00:40:33: virtue of Justice; essential characteristics of Justice; Judging others positively and negatively;
00:55:50: Question: Does one have to be an Objectivist to be happy?
1:02:45: Question: Do Psychopaths truly exist?
1:03:50: Impact or response to the ideas of Happiness and Selfishness
1:07:35: Philosophy of Law and Tara’s work

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About Yaron Brook

Yaron Brook, Radical for Capitalism, discusses news, culture and politics from the principled perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. Yaron is the executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute and a world class speaker.


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