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Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand
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You can find my full review on my website, but in a nutshell, Rand was not well-schooled in philosophy and this book shows that very clearly. She has NO following among professional philosophers because of that. She has a HUGE following among readers of her novels, and when those readers find this book on OE they give it gushing reviews. And OE is probably the first book on a philosophical subject they have ever read. The main faults with OE: 1) Rand just makes claims, she does not present arguments, so she does not make a good case for herself: you have NO CASE if you just make claims that are unsupported, or are only mildly supported, 2) she is guilty of circular reasoning all over the book, as in when she defines "length". If you define "length" as "any item posessing length" you don't bring much to the table. These are errors made by first-year philosophy students.

Finally, it is not as though she has any great and original piece of thought to contribute here that is, unfortunately, burdened with some non-essential poor thinking. NONE of this work stands up to scrutiny or is original or valuable at all, again, assuming that you first know something about philosophy. The opinions of first-time philosophy readers don't count. Clearly, if Rand hadn't been famous as a novelist this lame attempt at philosophy would never have been picked up by any publisher.
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