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The ideas of Ayn Rand

Author: Ronald E Merrill
Publisher: La Salle, IL : Open Court, [1991] ©1991
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"Ayn Rand (1905-1982) is known to millions for her blockbuster novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In the 1960s her 'Objectivist' ideas, featuring esthetic romanticism, laissez-faire capitalism, atheism, and the 'virtue of selfishness', were promoted in an organized movement, which split apart after Rand's falling-out with her protégé Nathaniel Branden. This debacle threw Rand's growing community of  Read more...

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Merrill, Ronald E.
Ideas of Ayn Rand.
La Salle, Ill. : Open Court, ©1991
Named Person: Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald E Merrill
ISBN: 0812691571 9780812691573 081269158X 9780812691580
OCLC Number: 23254190
Description: xii, 191 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
The controversial Ayn Rand. The objectivist movement ; The 'Ayn Rand cult': fact and fancy ; The great schism ; The miracle of the rose ; The resurrection of Ayn Rand ; The whole rand --
Rand's life in print. Rand's thinking in context ; The evolution of objectivism ; The Randian style --
The Nietzschean period. The Nietzschean vision ; Literary influences ; Rand's early fiction ; Red pawn ; Penthouse legend ; We the living ; The them ; Trio for heroes ; A cinematic style ; The changes ; The failure of Nietzsche --
The transition period. The enigma of ideal ; Think twice ; The fountainhead ; The break with Nietzsche ; A traditional antithesis ; The impossible villain ; Intellectual snobbery ; A seamless patchwork ; Acquital unsatisfactory ; The embryo of objectivism ; Anthem ; 'The simplest thing in the world' --
Full integration. A departure in style ; Judaic symbolism ; Plot, plot, plot ; The technique of philosophical integration ; Rand's heroes: the roots ; Dagny Taggart and the Randian woman ; Francisco D'Anconia ; Hank Rearden ; Who is John Galt? ; Bit-part heroes ; The villains ; The secondary heroes ; The Branden critique ; Rand and repression ; The Randian lovers ; Paradox solved ; Beyond the taggart terminal --
The philosophical period. Objectivism versus academia ; Metaphysical roots ; An epistemological radical ; Rand's theory of concepts ; The analytic-synthetic dichotomy ; Epistemology in practice ; The objectivist ethics ; Ethics and values: two lines of argument ; The Randian argument ; Ends and ends in themselves ; The means test ; Rand and the Aristotelian legacy ; From is to ought: is there aught, or is all for nought? ; What is the meaning of life, anyway? ; The objections to objectivist ethics ; Simple misrepresentations ; From leaking lifeboats to the asteroid test ; The galt-like golfer ; Robert Nozick versus the Count of Monte Cristo ; Human nature and its consequences ; The ethics of the future ; From theory to how-to ; Objectivist esthetics ; Esthetic differences and definitions --
The political period. A poltiical odyssey ; The radical for capitalism ; The Goldwater decade ; Roots of the new conservatism ; Rand's critique of conservatism ; The evolution of libertarianism ; The essence of libertarianism ; Roots of the political conflict ; Objectivism versus libertarianism: the case for the plaintiff ; Objectivism versus libertarianism: the case for the defendant ; Objectivism and the theory of government ; Rand's view of man and society ; The final decline ; The path less travelled --
The future of objectivism. A second crusade? ; Or the ivory tower? ; The schoolroom or the polling booth ; Back to the future ; What is to be done? ; Life support systems ; The tactics of sanction ; The first of their return ... --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Responsibility: Ronald E. Merrill.


A study of Ayn Rand, best known for her novels, "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". It examines the development of her "objectivist" ideas, analyzes her fiction works, and demonstrates the  Read more...


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