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The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z

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A prolific writer, bestselling novelist, and world-renowned philosopher, Ayn Rand defined a full system of thought--from epistemology to aesthetics. Her writing is so extensive and the range of issues she covers so enormous that those interested in finding her discussions of a given topic may have to search through many sources to locate the relevant passage. The Ayn Rand...more
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Published January 1st 1988 by Plume Books (first published 1986)
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Having read Rand previously I was already well-versed in her philosophy. This, however, is a good book for someone new to her or looking for her opinions on certain topics ranging from metaphysics to ballet. Be warned that being a lexicon, you'll have to study it carefully to understand her language where it regards the thoughtful sections of her philosophy. Many would not bother reading this, already turned off perhaps by the scathing terms her critics have for her, but something I've found wit...more
Great for looking up her views on many (and I mean MANY!) topics.
Michael Connolly
This book is a collection of ideas of Ayn Rand, organized by topic. She criticizes the German idealist philosopher Immanuel Kant for his denial of moral approval to the man who desires to do the right thing and does it. Instead, Kant gives moral approval only to the man who desires to do the wrong thing, but does the right thing anyway, out of a sense of duty. On this topic, Rand is in agreement with the Aristotelian philosopher Mortimer Adler, who asserted that virtue is right desire. That is,...more
Paul Mcatee
This is a series of essays illustrating the philosophical ideas at the basis of most of Rand's fiction. If you've read her fiction and dug it, and you have decent comprehension of western philosophy, you'll dig it. If you don't really understand the differences between Plato and Aristotle, or the difference between a free market vs a regulated market, then don't brother reading this. That's the only reason i gave it 3 stars - its relevant only if you already have a certain amount of relevant stu...more
Very helpful reference, identifying relevant passages from Rand's fiction and nonfiction that indicate her thoughts on a wide variety of topics. Not exhaustive, but a great first stop. I recommend this to anyone interested in Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.
Marco den Ouden
Haven't read all of it. I keep it as a reference book and use it to look up things occasionally. Not really the kind of book you read cover to cover.
An excellent reference book for those hard to find Rand quotes. But be wary Mister or Miss Randian Novice: some of her quotes are taken out of context, and therefore it is almost a necessity that you go on the oft time-consuming adventure of double checking your premises in order to avoid misconstruing her original argument. However, one shouldn't automaically eschew the book because it does, in fact, have its merits. Read and enjoy. :)
Eric McLean
I good book to find those quotes and core ideas of Ayn Rand. I can't give this 5 stars because I don't agree with a lot of what she says, but there is some great stuff in here.
I liked reading this because it made me feel smart and I agree with lots of the ideas in it. Just being honest. But I really didn't have the vocabulary to keep up.
The Ayn Rand Lexicon can be a great resource. Now it is available for free at
this was helpful in writing my thesis - yes, my MA thesis was an ethics study with Ayn Rand and Objectivism
Craig J.
The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z (Ayn Rand Library) by Ayn Rand (1988)
Excellent companion piece for any Ayn Rand novel. Nice reference.
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A prime reference to her political philosphy of Objectivism.
very helpful. a well-organized and successful lexicon of all of Rand's philosphies organized by topic. a perfect introduction to objectivism or supplement to previous knowledge.
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