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Activities at the Society

Posted by Jerry on September 18, 2007

I was just glancing through the Ayn Rand Society Web site to see if there were any updates, and I noticed this bit that piqued my interest:

Author meets Critics: Tara Smith’s Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Speakers:
Helen Cullyer (Center for Hellenic Studies and University of Pittsburgh)
Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Christine Swanton (University of Auckland)

Response: Tara Smith (University of Texas at Austin)

Chairman: Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh

Allan Gotthelf is Visiting Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also holds the University’s fellowship for the study of Objectivism.

Tara Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, and also the holder of the University’s fellowship for the study of Objectivism.

Dr. Smith’s book was reviewed by the above speaker, Dr. Helen Cullyer, for the Notre Dame Philosophical Review. Dr. Smith has written another book in addition to the one above focusing on the value theory of Ayn Rand: Viable Values. Irfan Khawaja of the University of Notre Dame offers a review of the book in Reason Papers (PDF version here). Since I have been unable to get my hands on either of Dr. Smith’s books, I’ve had to remain content with reading the reviews of them instead, which I have found very informative, and from what I gather, the books are terrific–as far as academic works on philosophy goes.

I am so eager to know of the proceedings of the above program. I wonder if the transcripts, conference papers, videos, or any other material from the program are available online.

Anyway, for more information about upcoming activities of the Ayn Rand Society, visit their Web site. On their site, they also have a superb, highly-condensed, and thoroughly integrated summary of Objectivism.

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