Journal of Libertarian Studies

Ayn Rand and the Is-Ought Problem

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

Although ethical systems may be divided into those which claim to be objective and those which freely acknowledge their own subjectivity, a special place must be reserved for an ethical system such as that of Ayn Rand which takes its name from this central claim to objectivity—Objectivism.

In this essay, the claims of Objectivism to present an objective epistemology will not he considered, but only the claim of Rand’s ethical system to represent an objective value system.

Volume 7, Number 1 (1983)


O’Neil, Patrick M. “Ayn Rand and the Is-Ought Problem.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 7, No. 1 (1983): 81–99.

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