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Spring 2009

A lecture presented by Ms. Tara Smith

February 5, 2009
4:00 pm in Bryan Room 160

Title:"The Virtuous Egoist."

Tara Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, where she holds the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and is the Anthem Foundation Fellow. Professor Smith’s main interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy, and she has published three books: Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics – The Virtuous Egoist (2006), Viable Values – A Study of Life as the Root & Reward of Morality (2000), and Moral Rights and Political Freedom (1995) as well as articles on such topics as rights conflicts, justice in everyday life, forgiveness, friendship, pride, moral perfection, and objectivity. Her current research focuses on the proper methodology of judicial interpretation.