Moral Egoism, Libertarianism, and Research Methods: A Reflection

Moral Egoism, Libertarianism, and Research Methods: A Reflection

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Evaluating Arguments For and Against Libertarianism

Over the past few days, I spent some time exploring arguments both in favor of and against libertarianism, so as to present a more accurate and complete portrait of the political philosophy in my paper.

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Moral Egoism and Libertarianism: Initial Findings

Over the past few days, I’ve expanded my knowledge of Moral Egoism as well as libertarianism’s history and core beliefs.

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Moral Egoism and Libertarian Politics: Monroe Scholar Freshmen Project Abstract

Today, many Americans recognize Ayn Rand as the mother of Libertarianism. However, relatively few Americans recognize Moral Egoism as the foundation of Rand’s philosophy, or, by extension, Moral Egoism’s role in Libertarian politics. In my project, I will explore the relationship between Moral Egoism and Libertarianism from a historical, philosophical, and political perspective. My project will consist of two stages. First, I will trace Moral Egoism’s history, paying close attention to the writing of Ayn Rand and other philosophers, and, through this investigation, develop a firm understanding of Moral Egoism’s basic principles. Second, I will research Libertarian politics, focusing on the evolution of the party’s platform, in the process, identifying links between Libertarian politics and Moral Egoism. Through my research, I hope to identify to what extent modern Libertarian politics accept, reject, and adapt Moral Egoism in order to address policy issues. Additionally, I hope to determine whether politicians can interpret and apply Moral Egoism in the creation of effective, efficient, and equitable policy measures.

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