Oddly Forthcoming

 Posted by on 29 July 2006 at 1:32 pm  Uncategorized
Jul 292006

This just-published book looks … um … odd:

Then Athena Said: Unilateral Transfers and the Transformation of Objectivist Ethics by Kathleen Touchstone

According to Objectivist David Kelley, financier Michael Milken has done more for mankind than humanitarian Mother Teresa. Working from this statement, Then Athena Said examines Objectivism, a philosophy founded by Ayn Rand, and ultimately concludes, in opposition to essential claims of Objectivism, that other people are a fundamental part of reality. In making this claim, Then Athena Said reconsiders Objectivism’s central social tenet, the Trader Principle, which dictates the bilateral exchange of value for value between independent equals; elevates “reproductivity” to be on par with productivity, Objectivism’s central virtue; and derives a “heuristic” for charitable giving. Relying, in part, upon economic theory, decision theory under uncertainty, and game theory, Then Athena Said examines unilateral transfers–including charity, childrearing, bequests, retribution, gifts, favors, forgiveness, and various infringements against persons or property–within the Objectivist framework.

Let’s just say that I’m not rushing out to Amazon to blow $50 on it. (Hat tip: Ari Armstrong.)

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