New PDF release: A Companion to Ayn Rand

By Allan Gotthelf, Gregory Salmieri

ISBN-10: 1405186844

ISBN-13: 9781405186841

The first quantity to provide a accomplished scholarly therapy of Rand’s complete corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her research of the occasions of her times), this Companion offers very important orientation and context for students and expert readers grappling with a debatable and understudied philosopher whose enduring effect on American (and global) tradition is more and more recognized.

  • The first booklet to supply an in-depth scholarly remedy ranging over the full of Rand’s corpus
  • Provides educated contextual research for students in numerous disciplines
  • Presents unique learn on unpublished fabric and drafts from the Rand information in California
  • Features insightful and fair-minded interpretations of Rand’s debatable positions

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In Mayhew 2009. , and James G. Lennox, assoc. ed. 2011. Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand’s Normative Theory. Ayn Rand Philosophical Studies, vol. 1. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. , and James G. Lennox, assoc. ed. 2013. Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology. Ayn Rand Philosophical Studies, vol. 2. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. Heller, Anne C. 2009. Ayn Rand and the World She Made. New York, NY: Doubleday.

What we do not find in these early materials – or even in The Fountainheadd – is the philosophical system whose outline I sketched above. 15 In particular, the idea that reason is a volitional faculty led her to the conviction that an individual’s values and moral character derive from his choices – fundamentally, from the choice between engaging one’s reason in order to grasp reality and subverting one’s consciousness in order to indulge a contradiction. In Rand’s mature system, the fundamental virtue is rationality, and it consists in choosing the first of these alternatives – in volitionally recognizing the primacy of existence.

In a letter dated September 30, 1946 (Papers 102_21A_018_001), Frank Lloyd Wright asks Rand whether she has read Unamuno’s book. ” So likely the question was prompted by something in Anthem (perhaps 101–102) that reminded him of Unamuno. For Rand’s own view of the “American sense of life” and her relation to it, see “Don’t Let It Go” (ARL 1(4) 16). And see my and John Lewis’s discussion below, 385–386. On the concept of sense of life, more generally, see Onkar Ghate’s discussion, 118–123. On its role in responses to art, see Harry Binswanger, 417–418.

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