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    Wright, Darryl 2016. A Companion to Ayn Rand.

    Mossoff, Adam 2012. SAVING LOCKE FROM MARX: THE LABOR THEORY OF VALUE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEORY. Social Philosophy and Policy, Vol. 29, Issue. 02, p. 283.



  • Darryl F. Wright (a1)
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  • Published online: 20 December 2007

Those familiar with Ayn Rand's ethical writings may know that she discusses issues in metaethics, and that she defended the objectivity of morality during the heyday of early non-cognitivism. But neither her metaethics, in general, nor her views on moral objectivity, in particular, have received wide study. This article elucidates some aspects of her thought in these areas, focusing on Rand's conception of the way in which moral values serve a biologically based human need, and on her account of moral values as both essentially practical and epistemically objective in a sense fundamentally continuous with the objectivity of science. The bearing of her epistemological writings on her ethical thought is emphasized throughout, and her epistemology is defended against a line of criticism inspired by John McDowell's criticism of the so-called “myth of the given.”

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Social Philosophy and Policy
  • ISSN: 0265-0525
  • EISSN: 1471-6437
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