Then Athena Said: Unilateral Transfers and the Transformation of Objectivist Ethics
- Publish Date: 2006-06-23
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: 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 transfersincluding charity, childrearing, bequests, retribution, gifts, favors, forgiveness, and various infringements against persons or propertywithin the Objectivist framework.