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Dr. Tara Smith Presents Public Lecture on Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics, Q & A Follows

WHEELING, WV, Feb. 19, 2008 - Wheeling Jesuit University welcomes Dr. Tara Smith to campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 for a public lecture to be held in the National Technology Transfer Center's auditorium.

Smith is a philosophy professor at the University of Texas and long-time speaker for the Ayn Rand Institute and the event is the third lecture in the 2007-08 academic year, sponsored by the university's Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality.

The topic of Smith's discussion will be "Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics," the title of her current book. After Smith examines Ayn Rand's view of ethics, there will be a Q & A for the audience to take part in.

Smith currently holds the Anthem Foundation Fellowship for the Study of Objectivism and is the author of “Moral Rights & Political Freedom,” published in 1998 and “Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root & Reward of Morality,” published in 2000 both by Rowman & Littlefield. Her latest book was published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press, “Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist.”

Smith's goal is to explain Ayn Rand's theory of egoism and the virtues that theory requires, and then to provide insight into how to apply those virtues to one's life. Her lecture is one that anyone interested in Ayn Rand's ethical thought should attend.

For those less familiar with Rand's ethics, Smith's lecture will offer a straightforward account. Her recent book is the first to integrate Rand's journals, letters, and other previously unavailable works into the exposition of the arguments. This adds a new and often clarifying dimension to the Rand topic.

Dr. Smith has published articles or lectured on such topics as self-interest, objectivity, individual rights, judicial "activism," pride, justice, forgiveness and romantic love. She has also presented seminars on clear thinking to businessmen. She will have copies of her books on hand for guests interested in purchasing them and she will be happy to sign those copies.

The Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality was founded in the spring of 2006 as a result of a grant from the BB&T Corporation and is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and the promotion of an in-depth examination of a free society. It sponsors lectures, seminars and undergraduate courses to advance its mission of providing a deeper understanding of the moral, legal and economic foundations of such a free society. The Institute supports the growth and development of teaching and research while establishing a forum for differing opinions to promote an enhanced appreciation of the concept, operation and effects of a capitalistic system.

For more information, please visit the website at: www.wju.edu/academics/bus/iscm/ or call the university switchboard at (304) 243-2000.

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