The Virtue of Selfishness - Study Guide Chapter 4, "The 'Conflicts' of Men's Interests", Ayn Rand (1962) Summary & Analysis

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In this chapter, Rand discusses the Objectivist principle that conflicts do not exist among rational humans. To explain this idea, Rand offers four considerations involved in a rational man's view of his interests: reality, context, responsibility, and effort. She clarifies that these considerations only apply to relationships among rational people who live in a free society. In a free society, she explains, people have the freedom to choose to only relate with rational people and to avoid irrational people. However, in a non-free society, it is impossible to pursue any rational interests.

Reality: According to Rand, a person's interests depend on the goals he chooses to pursue; however, these goals, if he is a rational thinker, must be possible to achieve. Therefore, desires, defined here as feelings...

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