Tara Smith

Tara Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where she holds the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism and is the Anthem Foundation Fellow. She is the author of three books, Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist (2006), Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality (2000), and Moral Rights and Political Freedom (1995), with a fourth coming out in fall 2015 from Cambridge University Press: Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System. A specialist in moral, legal, and political philosophy, Smith has published articles spanning such subjects as rights “conflicts,” liberty rights vis-a-vis welfare rights, everyday justice, forgiveness, friendship, pride, moral perfection, the nature of objectivity, and judicial decision-making.