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Justin she is so far right that she is left if you really think about.


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Jenna Her philosophy is "Objectivism".....her philosophy, in essence, is a 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.......Ayn Rand.

You can really understand her "Objectivism" philosophy if you read her Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Politics, and Esthetics. Otherwise, you would be talking non-sense and contradicting yourself of what you think of her philosophy. My best suggestion for anybody to read on her book if you're interested to know what her philosophy all about try to read, Objectivism: The Philosophy Of Ayn Rand.


Willard Brickey Objectivism (by Leonard Peikoff) is a good book but if you really want to understand Rand I think it's best to go to the source. I do agree that her non-fiction is a MUCH better place to understand her ideas than her fiction. I would recommend The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (in that order). If you want more you might continue with The Romantic Manifesto and An Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.
In my opinion the best brief introduction to Rand's ideas is (believe it or not) an interview she did for Playboy in 1964. The last time I looked it was published as a pamphlet and sold by the Ayn Rand Institute.


Jenna I have all the books that you mention sir, good suggestion. Likwise, the Romantic Manifesto was her Esthetics which is the pillar of her foundation, and so was her Epistemology ..


Willard Brickey It just so happens that The Romantic Manifesto was the first book of hers I read. And a single sentence in it changed my life:
"Since man acts among and deals with other men, I had to present the kind of social system that makes it possible for ideal men to exist and to function-a free, productive, rational system, which demands and rewards the best of EVERY man, great or average, and which is, obviously, laissez-faire capitalism."
I was a socialist when I read those words. The word "obviously" grabbed my attention. I had never seen capitalism defended with that kind of confidence before. Even before I finished that book I went out and bought all of the non-fiction of hers I could find. Unlike most of her fans, I read the novels later.


Marina Fontaine Willard wrote: "It just so happens that The Romantic Manifesto was the first book of hers I read. And a single sentence in it changed my life:
"Since man acts among and deals with other men, I had to present the k..."


I love hearing stories like this! I myself was not a socialist, but on a personal level I was a mess, no self-esteem and always feeling out of sync with people. Her books helped me gain perspective on life, and even though I since what you would call "got religion" I can defend my whole worldview on a rational basis thanks to Rand. I also read the non-fiction first. I think people who read novels first without understanding the philosophy can't fully appreciate what she's trying to do in her fiction. With an ordinary author you would say it shouldn't be necessary, but she's not an ordinary author.


Jenna I fully agree with you dear Masha :) I myself was a Cahtolic my whole life and Ms. Rand change my point of view in life. Her philosophy make sense to me, that's why I'm her ardent student..


Willard Brickey I've had many an argument with people who know her ideas primarily through her fiction. FICTION IS DRAMATIZATION. And Rand certainly had a sense of the dramatic!


Willard Brickey I've had many an argument with people who know her ideas primarily through her fiction. FICTION IS DRAMATIZATION. And Rand certainly had a sense of the dramatic!


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