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In Defense of Advertising

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05/31/1994Jerry Kirkpatrick

Arguments from Reason, Ethical Egoism, and Laissez-Faire Capitalism

In Defense of Advertising is a theoretical defense based on the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the economics of Ludwig von Mises. It argues that the proper foundations of advertising are reason, ethical egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism. Its theme is that the social and economic criticisms of advertising are false because they are based on a false philosophic and economic world view. Only an alter­native world view can refute the charges and put forth a positive moral evaluation of advertising's role in human life. The author defends advertising because it appeals to the rational self-interest of consumers for the rationally selfish, profit-making gain of the capitalists.

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TLJ Books, Claremont, California, 2007

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