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Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism upholds seven major virtues as indispensable to our lives. Yet what of other qualities of character – such as ambition, courage, spontaneity, liveliness, discretion, patience, empathy, and friendliness? Are these virtues, personality traits, or something else? In this 2013 talk at ATLOSCon, I argued that such qualities are best understood as “moral amplifiers,” because their moral worth wholly depends how they’re used. I explained why people should cultivate such qualities and why they must be put into practice selectively.
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- Tags: Ambition, Aristotle, Character, Ethics, Kindness, Moral Amplifiers, Objectivism, Persistence, Personality, Virtue
- The question
- The Objectivist virtues
- Major virtues
- Minor virtues
- Moral amplifiers
- Ambition, Kindness, Persistence
- The role of personality
- Aristotle’s virtues as moral amplifiers
- Powerpoint from the Lecture
- Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (Ross Translation)
- The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
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