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Saturday, June 20 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Objectivism: Lost in Translation?

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Ayn Rand had strong views on the meaning of certain words: “selfishness,” “altruism,” “intrinsic,” and so on. So when Objectivists read non-Objectivists, they often assume that the latter are using these words as Rand did and interpret them accordingly. However, these terms were in use in philosophy and ordinary English long before Rand appropriated them. If Objectivists want mutually beneficial transactions with the wider intellectual world in which they live, they need to understand—and be understood by—it much better. Neera Badhwar will analyze some passages from Objectivist and non-Objectivist writings with a view to retrieving what is getting lost in translation.

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Neera K. Badhwar

Professor Emerita (U. of Ok)/Affiliate (GMU), University of Oklahoma/George Mason University
Neera K. Badhwar taught philosophy at the University of Oklahoma for 22 years, and is now affiliated with the Philosophy and Economics departments at George Mason University. She has published articles on ethical theory and moral psychology in *Ethics*, *Journal of Philosophy*, and... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

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