Saturday, April 29, 2006

Quote of the Week

"It is the men who will be content with nothing but the best whom we have to thank for every serious advance which man and society have actually made towards even a moderately 'better'. If the merely 'relatively better' were enough to content us, it would not be apparent why we should take even the first steps."

A. E. Taylor, The Faith of a Moralist, Vol I., p. 139

New Book by Edward Younkins

Professor Edward Younkins has edited an excellent collection of essays on Rand, Mises and Menger entitled Philosophers of Capitalism. Don't miss Neil Parille's review.

New Book by Tara Smith

ARI-associated scholar Tara Smith has a new book coming out, published by Cambridge University Press, called Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.

Atlas Shrugged Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You?

Will Atlas Shrugged by made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie?

New Book by Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox, an editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, has a new book: The New Testament and Literature.

Eric Mack: Problematic Arguments in Randian Ethics I

Professor Eric Mack in the Fall 2002 The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies wrote perhaps the most comprehensive critique of Objectivst ethics. The next issue of JARS will contain a discussion of this article. I'd like to see how an Objectivist might respond to some of Mack's arguments.

He identifies several problematic arguments. I'll start with this one -- "rational parasitism." As Mack notes, there are entire species that live as parasites on others. With respect to human beings, certain people live quite well as parasites. Fidel Castro recently turned 80 and, while the Cubans are suffering under him, he hasn't done too poorly.

Objectivism in the Mises Review

David Gordon has reviews of two books by Objectivists in the Fall 2005 Mises Review: The Abolition of Antitrust, edited by Gary Hull and Explaining Postmodernsim by Stephen R.C. Hicks.

Dr. Gordon has been critical of Objectivists in the past (see, for example, this review of Ominous Parallels) but he appreciates Prof. Hicks' book in particular.

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