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Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It by [Biddle, Craig]
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  • Print Length: 162 pages
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  • Publisher: Glen Allen Press (1 Jan. 2002)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00347A5QK
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This highly enjoyable book is based on Ayn Rand's morality of self-interest. "The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -Ayn Rand
The author shows how a proper morality must be based on certain facts of reality, facts that makes human life and happiness possible.
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A clear, simple and highly enjoyable presentation of the morality of self-interest. Morality is a code of values, based on certain requirements of human survival. It's your life! Are you living it? For your own well-being and happiness - or somebody else's? The ideas presented in this book have the power to change your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A profound yet easily accessible text on self-interest 6 Sept. 2002
By Nicholas Provenzo - Published on Amazon.com
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The material abundance and individual freedom that is the hallmark of capitalism rests on upon the ethics of self-interest, but today perhaps no code of morality is more misunderstood and maligned. In a profound yet easily accessible text, Craig Biddle demolishes the conventional wisdom that holds sacrifice as a moral ideal and offers the honest reader a compelling alternative.
Through examples drawn from today's headlines, historical analysis and the thoughtful examination of leading intellectual thinkers, Loving Life clearly demonstrates that morality is a matter not of divine revelation or social convention or personal opinion-but, rather, of the factual requirements of human life and happiness. Biddle shows how a true morality is derived logically from observable facts, what in essence such a morality demands, and why it is a matter of pure self-interest.
Loving Life exposes the baseless nature of the various moralities that call for human sacrifice and lead to human suffering and shows how a true morality is derived logically from observable facts and what such a morality implies-personally, socially, and politically. With clarity and elegance, Biddle demonstrates the principles, values, and virtues that are essential to human life and happiness; and he defines and defends the social and political conditions that are required for people to live together as civilized beings.
This book is the perfect book to give to a friend or relative who needs an intellectual jumpstart in their lives.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For students of ethics and morality 13 April 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Loving Life: The Morality Of Self-Interest And The Facts That Support It by Craig Biddle is a challenging, informative, thoughtful treatise about the true meaning of ethics. Putting forth that morality does not come from God, social convention, personal opinion, or limiting oneself to what is culturally accepted, but rather embodied in reason, logic, cause and effect, and understanding the importance and value of human life and happiness. Loving Life is a fresh voice of reason about truly living well and pursuing happiness within ethical bounds that are righteous for the best reason of all - because they are rationally constructed out of respect and love for all other human beings. Loving Life is very highly recommended reading for both students of ethics and morality, as well as the non-specialist general readers with an interest in philosophy.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Objectivist Alternative 8 Aug. 2002
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The primary virtue of the this book is a complete demolition of the typical Conservative claim that without God there is no morality. Craig Biddle does an excellent job of refuting all sides (the religious and personal or social subjectivist) of that particular mistaken proposition in all their manifestations and proves his points both with authoritative quotes from the various advocates and helpful examples that serve to clarify the ideas in a manner far better than I've seen in virtually all presentations of this sort.
In addition Mr. Biddle does not just stop there but spends the rest of the book presenting the proper alternative to the false God/Anything Goes dichotomy -- a morality based of reason and principled self-intest. He shows how morality can be derived from facts and what the specifics of such a fact-based morality would look like. He concludes by outlining the essential principle of politics -- individual rights.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morality is practical 19 Feb. 2003
By Harrysson Bengt Ake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A clear, simple and highly enjoyable presentation of the morality of self-interest. "The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -Ayn Rand
Morality is a code of values, based on certain requirements of human survival. The author shows how a proper morality must be based on certain facts of reality, facts that makes human life and happiness possible.
It's your life! Are you living it? For your own well-being and happiness - or somebody else's? The ideas presented in this book have the power to change your life. What are you waiting for? Go get this book - now!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Morality for Loving Life 26 Jan. 2002
By Alex Epstein - Published on Amazon.com
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"If you want to live your life to the fullest, if you want to achieve the greatest happiness possible, this book is for you. It is about the essential means to that end: a proper code of values--a proper morality." Thus begins _Loving Life_, and the rest of the book lives up to this claim.
_Loving Life_ gives you two crucial values. It a) shows how morality is a matter of objective fact, not subjective whim or religious dogma and b) shows you clearly and concretely the meaning of the morality of rational self-interest and how to use it to improve your life.
If are already familiar with rational selfishness/the Objectivist ethics, this book--with its many illuminating descriptions and examples--will give you a greater understanding of the morality.
Unconditionally recommended.
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