Rand states that man must act for his own rational self-interest'. Continuing she states that for man to do so his right is derived from his nature as man and from the function of moral values in a human life. Therefore, Rand concludes that this is only appropriate in the context of a rational code of moral principles which she says is defined and determined as his actual self-interest.
Ayn Rand's argument on selfishness' is this: unless you factor in morals and values a.k.a rational self-interest, you are unable to give a precise definition of the word selfishness' because what the public thinks weighs heavily on this particular definition.
Premise 1: "Selfishness" is a synonym of evil, in popular usage.
Premise 2: "Selfishness" is concerned with one's own interests; definition given from the dictionary.
Premise 3: Altruism: a) that any concern with one's own interest is evil, regardless of what these interests might be. b) that the brute's activities are in fact to one's own interest.
Premise 4: Altruism therefore means that it permits no concept of a self-respecting, self-supporting man- a man who supports his life by his own effort and neither sacrifices himself nor others.
Premise 5: The reasons why man needs a moral code will tell you that the purpose of morality is to define man's proper values and interests, that concern with his own interests is the...