Thursday, 20 June 2019

On Ayn Rand’s Attacks on Past Philosophers

You can learn a lot about a philosopher’s agenda by looking at the philosophers that he or she attacks. A philosopher who is lusting for glory will attack the most popular and powerful philosophers with the hope that by vanquishing the reigning emperors in the history of philosophy he will prove his own mettle as a philosophical warrior and make himself relevant in the eyes of his contemporaries and posterity.

Ayn Rand, I believe, was lusting for glory when in the 1960s she aimed her bazooka at Plato, David Hume, and most importantly, Immanuel Kant. Unfortunately, her plan backfired because her attacks were ignorantly and sloppily orchestrated—instead of vanquishing the topmost philosophers of the western tradition, she shot herself in the foot and caused irreparable harm to her own reputation as a thinker.

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