On Egoism and Predatory Behavior

Young, Michael
March 2004
Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies Foundat;Spring2004, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p441
Academic Journal
Young argues against Michael Huemer's contention that egoism demands sacrificing others. The centrality of mutual trust in achieving vital socially-produced goods requires that egoism strictly limit, in degree and scope, any allow able predation. The need for genuine and meaningful social recognition and affirmation rules out achieving mutual trust while secretly being a predator. Egoism may not support a strong Randian principle of never sacrificing others for the benefit of oneself but it plausibly supports a principle of never achieving particular benefits for oneself by imposing on others costs that undermine mutual trust.


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