A Companion to Ayn Rand

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Allan Gotthelf, Gregory Salmieri
John Wiley & Sons, 23. veebr 2016 - 538 pages

The first volume to offer a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Rand’s entire corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her analysis of the events of her times), this Companion provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with a controversial and understudied thinker whose enduring influence on American (and world) culture is increasingly recognized.

  • The first publication to provide an in-depth scholarly treatment ranging over the whole of Rand’s corpus
  • Provides informed contextual analysis for scholars in a variety of disciplines
  • Presents original research on unpublished material and drafts from the Rand archives in California
  • Features insightful and fair-minded interpretations of Rand’s controversial positions
 

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Contents

An Introduction to the Study of Ayn Rand
3
Writing Reading and Related Life Events
22
The Act of Valuing and the Objectivity of Values
49
The Morality of Life
73
A Being of SelfMade Soul
105
Selfishness and Sacrifice
130
Rands Social Philosophy
159
A Radical for Capitalism
187
The Objectivist Epistemology
272
Ayn Rands Approach to
321
Ayn Rands Evolving View of Friedrich Nietzsche
343
Ayn Rands Political and Cultural Commentary
351
Art and the Needs of a Conceptual Consciousness
405
Rands Literary Romanticism
426
The Benevolent Universe Premise and the Heroic
453
Annotated Bibliography of Primary and QuasiPrimary Sources
463

Objective Law
209
Rands Philosophical
222
The Primacy of Existence
245

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About the author (2016)

Allan Gotthelf (1942-2013) was Anthem Foundation Distinguished Fellow at Rutgers University, USA, emeritus Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey, Secretary of the Ayn Rand Society (a professional group affiliated with the American Philosophical Association), and the primary editor of its Philosophical Studies series. Between 2003 and 2012, he was visiting professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His influential papers on Aristotle are collected in Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Biology (2012).

Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary of the Ayn Rand Society and co-editor of its Philosophical Studies series. In addition to his work on Rand, he has published on various issues in Aristotle’s philosophy and is editor of the forthcoming Knowing and Coming to Know: Essays on Aristotle’s Epistemology.

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