I gave direct links for her input on Axiomatic Concepts, and a reference to quotes from Philosophy:
In her non-fiction, Rand developed a conception of metaphysical realism, rationality, ethical egoism rational self-interestindividual rights, laissez-faire capitalism, and art, and applied her philosophy to social issues.
She wrote polemical, philosophical essays, often in response to questions by fans of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead; lectured on college campuses; and gave radio and television interviews.
In her own words, her philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. She developed some of her views in response to questions from her readers, but never took the time to defend them against possible objections or to reconcile them with the views expressed in her novels.
Her philosophical essays lack the self-critical, detailed style of analytic philosophy, or any serious attempt to consider possible objections to her views. Her polemical style, often contemptuous tone, and the dogmatism and cult-like behavior of many of her fans also suggest that her work is not worth taking seriously.
Some contemporary philosophers return the compliment by dismissing her work contemptuously on the basis of hearsay. Some who do read her work point out that her arguments too often do not support her conclusions.
This estimate is shared even by many who find her conclusions and her criticisms of contemporary culture, morality, and politics original and insightful. It is not surprising, then, that she is either mentioned in passing, or not mentioned at all, in the entries that discuss current philosophical thought about virtue ethicsegoismrightslibertarianismor markets.
We present specific criticisms of her arguments and claims below, in the relevant sections of this entry. Petersburg, Russia, on 2 February A witness to the Russian Revolution and civil war, Rand opposed both the Communists and the Tsarists. She majored in history, but the social science program in which she was enrolled at Petrograd State University included philosophy, law, and philology.
Her teachers emphasized—as she herself later did—the importance of developing systematic connections among different areas of thought Sciabarra But she was evidently also exposed to Hegelian and Nietzschean ideas, which blossomed during this period known as the Russian Silver Ageand read a great deal of Friedrich Nietzsche on her own.
After graduating from Petrograd State University inan interest in screenwriting led her to enroll in the State Institute for Cinematography.
In Rand succeeded in obtaining permission to visit relatives in the United States; hating the Soviet system, she left with no intention of returning. After six months with relatives in Chicago, she made her way to Hollywood where, on her second day, a fortuitous encounter with Cecil B.
DeMille led to a job as a script reader, and later as a screenplay writer. She was married to him till his death in Rand and her husband moved permanently to New York City inwhere she became involved with, and was influenced by, the circle of mostly New-York-based intellectuals involved in the revival of classical liberalism, such as the economic journalist Henry Hazlitt, the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, and the Canadian-American novelist, literary critic, and political philosopher Isabel Paterson.
Rand also studied, and was a great admirer of, the Lockean philosophy of the American founding. Rand lived and worked in New York City until her death in Rand holds that philosophy, like all forms of knowledge and achievement, is important only because it is necessary for living a good human life and creating a world conducive to living such a life.Rand describes her formulation of Objectivism as a "philosophy for living", and it has spawned multiple organizations that promote the philosophy, as well as academic journals, conferences, societies, online forums, websites, books and lectures.
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WEEK 6 Applying Rand’s Objectivism (graded) Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy has been touted by her detractors as the philosophy of self-interested selfishness. Her four epistemological principles are: 1. Metaphysics: Objective reality of the world and the objects in it.
2. Epistemology: Reason as the one and only key to understanding%(15). Objectivist Conferences (OCON) and the Ayn Rand Institute eStore are operated by ARI. Payments to OCON or the Ayn Rand Institute eStore do not qualify as tax-deductible contributions to . 2 See “For the New Intellectual”; Ayn Rand, “This is John Galt Speaking,” in For the New Intellectual; and Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, 2nd ed., edited by Harry Binswanger and Leonard Peikoff (New York: Penguin, ).
Objectivism is the philosophy of rational individualism founded by Ayn Rand (). In novels such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Rand dramatized her ideal man, the producer who lives by his own effort and does not give or receive the undeserved, who honors achievement and rejects envy.