Reason at Large


Why Use the Word “Selfishness”?

August 26, 2014

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Robert: “Why do you and other Objectivists advocate selfishness when that word disturbs so many people? Why not just use the word self-interest or, better yet, rational self-interest?”


Altruism vs. Second-handedness

August 24, 2014

“What are the relationships of and differences between altruism and second-handedness?” In answering this question, Craig Biddle clarifies the respective meaning of each concept, identifying one as a theory of morality and the other as a psychological malady, discussing their essential differences and similarities, and contrasting these concepts and relationships. . . Continue »



Homosexuality: Moral or Immoral?

November 28, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Kyle: “What is the moral status of homosexuality? Is it moral, immoral or neutral? And why are some people gay? Is sexual orientation inborn or a choice or what?” In answering, Biddle explains that sexual orientation per. . . Continue »


Morality Without God

October 19, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Nick: “Can there be objective morality without God? In other words, can morality be both secular and absolute?” In answering, Biddle zeros in on the basic reason people need morality, which is in order to live and. . . Continue »


“Social Justice” is an Assault on Justice

September 21, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Jeff: “What is ‘social justice’? Is it a legitimate term? If so, what does it mean? If not, why not?” In answering, Biddle discusses the purpose behind “social justice,” defines and concretizes justice, compares and contrasts instances. . . Continue »


What the Poor Owe the Rich

July 20, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle discusses what the so-called poor owe the rich, focusing on several of the many things for which the poor should thank the rich, including the goods and services they produce, the jobs they make possible, the legitimate aspects of government they. . . Continue »


Why use “Islamist” Rather than “Muslim”?

July 9, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers the question, “Why do you sometimes use the term ‘Islamist’ rather than ‘Muslim’ to refer to Muslims?” In answering, Biddle points out that some Muslims take their religion seriously and thus seek to convert or kill unbelievers, and some Muslims. . . Continue »


Why Choose to Live?

July 7, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Eric: “Objectivism holds that morality presupposes the choice to live. But why should I choose to live?” In answering, Biddle discusses the nature of the question, the reason the questioner doesn’t really need an answer to the. . . Continue »


Morally Judging Muslims and Other Religionists

July 6, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers the question, “You’ve argued that people should be intolerant of Islam. How does this apply to individual Muslims, not all of whom truly or fully embrace Islam?” In answering, Biddle discusses the need to account for the context of a. . . Continue »