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    Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality.Tara Smith - 2000 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Viable Values examines the most basic foundations of value and morality, demonstrating the shortcomings of major traditional views and proposing that morality is grounded in the objective requirements of human life. Smith argues that morality depends on a proper understanding of the concept of values, and that values depend on the alternative of life or death. She proposes that human beings need to be moral in order to live, explaining how life is the standard of morality, how flourishing is the (...)
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  2. Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.Tara Smith - 2006 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that instruction is rarely understood. Far from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand's view, actually demands the practice of a systematic code of ethics. This book explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve his objective well-being: rationality, honesty, independence, justice, integrity, productiveness, and pride. Tracing Rand's account of the harmony of human beings' rational interests, Smith examines what each of these (...)
     
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  3. The importance of the subject in objective morality: Distinguishing objective from intrinsic value: Tara Smith.Tara Smith - 2008 - Social Philosophy and Policy 25 (1):126-148.
    This essay contends that the debate between subjectivism and objectivism in ethics is better understood as a dispute among three alternatives: subjectivism, objectivism, and intrinsicism. Ayn Rand has identified intrinsicism – the belief that certain things are good “in, by, and of” themselves – as the doctrine that is actually operative in many defenses of moral objectivity. What intrinsicism fails to appreciate, however, is the significant role of the subject, the person to whom and for whom anything can be valuable. (...)
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  4. Tolerance & Forgiveness: Virtues or Vices?Tara Smith - 1997 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (1):31-41.
    This paper explores the relationship between tolerance, forgiveness, and justice. Contrary to prevailing wisdom, it argues that tolerance and forgiveness are not independent virtues vying with justice for our allegiance, but that they fall under justice’s imperative to judge other people objectively and treat them as they deserve. Misguided extensions of tolerance and forgiveness imperil the very values that ethics is designed to promote. Thus tolerance and forgiveness are neither virtues nor vices; they are appropriate only when authorised by justice. (...)
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  5. The metaphysical case for honesty.Tara Smith - 2003 - Journal of Value Inquiry 37 (4):517-531.
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    "Social" objectivity and the objectivity of value.Tara Smith - 2004 - In Peter K. Machamer & Gereon Wolters (eds.), Science, Values, and Objectivity. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 143--171.
  7. The Practice of Pride.Tara Smith - 1998 - Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (1):71.
    Pride has been denounced as one of the seven deadly sins and praised as the crown of the virtues. Perhaps because of the difficulty of navigating between these appraisals, pride has not been paid very much attention by ethicists. Moreover, pride is so familiar as a feeling that the suggestion that it could be a virtue may seem misplaced.
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    Justice as a Personal Virtue.Tara Smith - 1999 - Social Theory and Practice 25 (3):361-384.
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    Egoistic Friendship.Tara Smith - 2005 - American Philosophical Quarterly 42 (4):263 - 277.
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  10. Rights, Friends, and Egoism.Tara Smith - 1993 - Journal of Philosophy 90 (3):144-148.
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    Objective Law.Tara Smith - 2016 - In Allan Gotthelf & Gregory Salmieri (eds.), A Companion to Ayn Rand. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 209–221.
    This chapter presents some of Ayn Rand's express condemnations of non‐objective law and then indicates the underlying principles of government that explain these assessments. It also discusses the implications of Rand's view for the traditional Natural Law‐Positivism dispute over the authority of law and for the moral status of the Rule of Law. In particular, the chapter shows why the Rule of Law, on what she regards as a proper conception of objective law, is emphatically a moral ideal. The broad (...)
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    Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.Michael S. Berliner, Andrew Bernstein, Harry Binswanger, Tore Boeckmann, Jeff Britting, Debi Ghate, Onkar Ghate, Allan Gotthelf, Edwin A. Locke, Shoshana Milgram, Leonard Peikoff, Richard Ralston, Gregory Salmieri, Tara Smith, Mary Ann Sures & Darryl Wright (eds.) - 2009 - Lexington Books.
    This is the first scholarly study of Atlas Shrugged, covering in detail the historical, literary, and philosophical aspects of Ayn Rand's magnum opus. Topics explored in depth include the history behind the novel's creation, publication, and reception; its nature as a romantic novel; and its presentation of a radical new philosophy.
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    Essays on Ayn Rand's "We the Living".Michael S. Berliner, Andrew Bernstein, Jeff Britting, Dina Garmong, Onkar Ghate, John Lewis, Scott McConnell, Shoshana Milgram, Richard E. Ralston, John Ridpath, Tara Smith & Jena Trammell - 2004 - Lexington Books.
    Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, offers an early form of the author's nascent philosophy—the philosophy Rand later called Objectivism. Robert Mayhew's collection of entirely new essays brings together pre-eminent scholars of Rand's writing. In part a history of We the Living, from its earliest drafts to the Italian film later based upon it, Mayhew's collection goes on to explore the enduring significance of Rand's first novel as a work both of philosophy and of literature.
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    An Essay on Rights.Tara Smith - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (1):66-68.
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    Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System.Tara Smith - 2015 - Cambridge University Press.
    How should courts interpret the law? While all agree that courts must be objective, people differ sharply over what this demands in practice: fidelity to the text? To the will of the people? To certain moral ideals? In Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System, Tara Smith breaks through the false dichotomies inherent in dominant theories - various forms of originalism, living constitutionalism, and minimalism - to present a new approach to judicial review. She contends that we cannot assess judicial (...)
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  16. Money Can Buy Happiness.Tara Smith - 2003 - Reason Papers 26:7-20.
     
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    Moral Realism: Blackburn's Response to the Frege Objection.Tara Smith - 2010 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):221-228.
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    Morality Without the Wink.Tara Smith - 2004 - Journal of Philosophical Research 29:315-331.
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    Morality Without the Wink.Tara Smith - 2004 - Journal of Philosophical Research 29:315-331.
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    On a Pedestal—Sport as an Arena for Admiration.Tara A. Smith - 2018 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 14 (1):4-25.
    ABSTRACTIn philosophical analyses of the value of sport, a relatively unheralded feature is the opportunity that sport offers for admiration. While we readily salute many of the things that people...
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    On deriving rights to goods from rights to freedom.Tara Smith - 1992 - Law and Philosophy 11 (3):217 - 234.
    This paper examines a particular type of argument often employed to defend welfare rights. This argument contends that welfare rights are a necessary supplement to liberty rights because rights to freedom become hollow when their bearers are not able to take advantage of their freedom. Rights to be provided with certain goods are thus a natural outgrowth of a genuine concern to protect freedom.I argue that this reasoning suffers from two fatal flaws. First, it rests on an erroneous notion of (...)
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    Terrorism and Collective Responsibility.Tara Smith - 1993 - Philosophical Books 34 (1):58-59.
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  23. The Inflation of Rights.Tara Smith - 1990 - Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
    In recent decades, we have seen a remarkable proliferation of the kinds of moral rights that people are thought to have. While many of these new rights have gained sizable support, the theoretical underpinnings of all rights have remained uncertain. The danger in the growth of rights claims is that we may weaken rights. As more and more desirable goods are demanded as people's "rights," the actual protection which rights afford is diminished. Abundant rights will bump up against one another, (...)
     
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  24. The importance of the subject in objective morality : distinguishing objective from intrinsic value.Tara Smith - 2008 - In Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred Dycus Miller & Jeffrey Paul (eds.), Objectivism, subjectivism, and relativism in ethics. Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Why Do I Love Thee?Tara Smith - 1991 - Southwest Philosophy Review 7 (1):47-57.
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    Why Do I Love Thee?Tara Smith - 1991 - Southwest Philosophy Review 7 (1):47-57.
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    Why originalism won't die - common mistakes in competing theories of judicial interpretation.Tara A. Smith - unknown
    In the debate over proper judicial interpretation of the law, the doctrine of Originalism has been subjected to numerous, seemingly fatal criticisms. Despite the exposure of flaws that would normally bury a theory, however, Originalism continues to attract tremendous support, seeming to many to be the most sensible theory on offer. This paper examines its resilient appeal (with a particular focus on Scalia's Textualism).By surveying and identifying the fundamental weaknesses of three of the leading alternatives to Originalism (Popular Will theory, (...)
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    Rights conflicts: The undoing of rights.Tara Smith - 1995 - Journal of Social Philosophy 26 (2):139-156.
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    Rights, Wrongs, and Aristotelian Egoism: Illuminating the Rights/Care Dichotomy.Tara Smith - 1998 - Journal of Social Philosophy 29 (2):5-14.
    Since the recent work of Carol Gilligan, Nel Noddings, and others, it has become commonplace in moral philosophy to employ a dichotomy between an ethics of “Care” and an ethics of “Rights.” Gilligan claims that men and women view moral issues in fundamentally divergent ways. Responses to moral problems tend to divide along lines emphasizing respect for rights, in the case of men, and caring for others, in the case of women. Inspired by these findings, several authors have classified moral (...)
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    Reconsidering Zero-Sum Value: It's How You Play the Game.Tara Smith - 1997 - Journal of Social Philosophy 28 (2):128-139.
    In contemporary discussions, so many moral and political controversies revolve around conflicting demands on resources that it is easy to assume that ethics simply is a means of divvying up a limited pool of coveted goods. Discussions of distributive justice, rights conflicts, environmental‐ism and international relations, for instance, are typically framed along these lines. Since Hobbes, we have been bred on the idea that moral prescriptions are a means of coping with disputes between people who have incompatible designs on finite (...)
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    Why a teleological defense of rights needn't yield welfare rights.Tara Smith - 1992 - Journal of Social Philosophy 23 (3):35-50.
  32. Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist. [REVIEW]Tara Smith - 2008 - Business Ethics Quarterly 18 (1):117-126.
    Ayn Rand is well known for advocating egoism, but the substance of that instruction is rarely understood. Far from representing the rejection of morality, selfishness, in Rand's view, actually demands the practice of a systematic code of ethics. This book explains the fundamental virtues that Rand considers vital for a person to achieve their objective well-being: rationality, honesty, independence, justice, integrity, productiveness, and pride. Tracing Rand's account of the value and harmony of human beings' rational interests, Smith examines what each (...)
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    Intrinsic value: Look-say ethics. [REVIEW]Tara Smith - 1998 - Journal of Value Inquiry 32 (4):539-553.
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    Book ReviewLeon Trakman,, and Sean Gatien,. Rights and Responsibilities.Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. Pp. xii+286. $60.00 ; $24.95. [REVIEW]Tara Smith - 2001 - Ethics 112 (1):185-188.
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    Gotthelf, Allan. On Ayn Rand. [REVIEW]Tara Smith - 2001 - Review of Metaphysics 54 (3):654-655.
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    On Ayn Rand. [REVIEW]Tara Smith - 2001 - Review of Metaphysics 54 (3):654-655.
    This series is intended to provide students and general readers with brief and accessible insight into the ideas of major philosophers. Allan Gotthelf, a distinguished Aristotle scholar, has been intimately familiar with Rands philosophy for nearly forty years, having participated in workshops that Rand gave in the 1960s and 1970s. Gotthelf joins scholarly rigor with firsthand knowledge of Rands thought to provide a systematic introduction to Rands philosophy, objectivism. The result is absorbing.
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