Soren Westergaard
4 min readApr 13, 2023

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Ayn Rand and the Problem of Altruism.



Altruism is an ethical ideology. It holds that individuals have a moral obligation to act on behalf of the greater good.

Ayn Rand, a prominent libertarian philosopher and novelist, was a staunch opponent of this ethical ideal. She believed people should strive for their self-interest and reject any obligation to help others. This essay seeks to explore Ayn Rand’s views on altruism and the…

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Soren Westergaard

Leaping from shadow to shadow; carving active runes into everything that I touch...