Monday, 7 November 2016

The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand

The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand
Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen
University of Illinois Press 

The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand by Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen was published in 1984, and is regarded as the “first scholarly study” of Ayn Rand’s ideas.

The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 is Metaphysics and Epistemology; Part 2 is Ethics; Part 3 is Politics. The three parts of the book indicate that the authors have tried to cover all aspect of Rand’s philosophy, except for her aesthetic philosophy.

The dedication page has a quote from Ayn Rand’s Anthem:

And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride. 
This god, this one word: I. 

Here’s an excerpt from the preface:

Ayn Rand is among the most controversial figures of our age. The sense of vehemence emanating from the pens and mouth of her critics is matched only by the devotion she commands from her admirers. She has been heralded as bringing forth a new vision for mankind also for advocating the destruction of the very roots of western civilization.

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