This past weekend Atlas Society founder David Kelley provided a keynote speech for the Boston regional Students for Liberty conference. 

David's topic was "Objectivism and Benevolence." He outlined the Objectivist view of egoism; explained what benevolence is, including civility and generosity; explained why benevolence toward other people is in our rational self-interest, as an entrepreneurial approach to all the values we get from relationships; and contrasted benevolence with altruism.
 David Kelley, at left, pictured at a previous SFL conferece
The audience numbered about 100. More were registered in advance, but at the last minute the conference had to be moved to Stonehill College, outside Boston, because a parade for the World Series victory of the Red Sox made the original venue in Boston unworkable.
"A number of students told me that they really appreciated the distinction between benevolence and altruism, because it helped resolve a tension they felt between Objectivist egoism and their inclinations to help others," David noted. "At the Atlas Society table, I also gave out copies of Myths about Ayn Rand, along with palm cards and information about student programs"

David Kelley earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, and later taught cognitive science and philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. His books include  Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; TheEvidence of the Senses; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. Kelley is founder and chief intellectual officer of The Atlas Society. 

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