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Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 320 pagine
  • Editore: Signet; Reissue edizione (30 aprile 1985)
  • Collana: Ayn Rand Library
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0451138937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451138934
  • Peso di spedizione: 113 g
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It's a must read book for everyone that wanna understand the importance of philosophy and Ayn Rand explains it in a clear and objective way.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Valuable Exposition of the Objectivist School of Philosophy 30 dicembre 2014
Di David Milliern - Pubblicato su
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On the grounds of originality alone, I can recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy. What’s rather bothersome is the unmerited reputation Rand has received from people who have not read; she deserves a fair shake. Giving Ayn Rand a fair shake means reading at the very least a smattering of her essays, such as the ones entailed here. One of the topics she discusses is, most importantly, her position on where professional/academic philosophy has gone. One might be surprised to find that her complaints about academic philosophy are similar to those of other non-professional philosophers, even those of disparate views from those of Rand’s (e.g., Alan Watts and his discussion of professional philosophy being nothing more than playing with words and word analysis, in “The Tao of Philosophy”).

In this collection of essays, Rand explains her metaphysical framework, explains her qualms with Immanuel Kant’s thought, and more. For those wondering what Rand’s reason for her philosophical positions, after having read “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” she gives important discussion and explication of her philosophical views.

One intelligent criticism that can and should be brought to this collection of essays is that Rand does not systematically lay out and exposit her philosophy. To some degree, this is understandable on two fronts: she didn’t intend to produce a system, at least in this text, but to provide helpful essays to supplement her novels; and because she was not trained as a professional philosopher, only up to the undergraduate level, albeit obviously well educated. On this second point, the trade off with Rand’s philosophy is a lack of rigor for the sake of originality.

My general recommendation is as follows: For those who enjoy fiction, just read “Atlas Shrugged” and/or “The Fountainhead.” There’s little denying that “Atlas” is her more popular novel, and it certainly is denser in philosophical content, but “The Fountainhead” is my favorite. For those not wishing to make the commitment to thousands of pages of novel, then I have suggestions on the basis of what one is looking for: if you want the hardcore philosophy, “The Objectivist Epistemology” is the way to go; if you want a less hardcore, general introduction to her philosophy, read this text, “Philosophy: Who Needs It,” and “For the New Intellectual.” Rand’s most potent work, arguably as potent as her book on epistemology, is “The Virtue of Selfishness,” which some philosophers holding diametrically opposed positions have remarked upon its force. Otherwise, I recommend all of Ayn Rand’s texts to anyone want a firm grounding in a philosophy that pertains to the real world, not just the ethereal real of ideas, per se.
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5.0 su 5 stelle First Step 8 agosto 2014
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This is the best starting point if you want to understand Objectivism. I do not agree with everything Ayn Rand ever said, but I do agree with a lot of it. I studied her philosophy for a number of years and researched many of her critics--of which there is no shortage. I have never found a legitimate argument against her philosophical ideas. I do not agree with her on the death penalty or gay marriage, but those topics are not something she spent much time convincing people of because it was more of an opinion than a search for or discovery of truth. The only counterpoints I have seen on her philosophy were bogus--they were all arguing with straw men and patting themselves on the back for being so clever. There are three camps of Ayn Rand critics: those who haven't understood her, ad hominem, and those who are simply wrong. Nathaniel Branden's criticism of Objectivism wasn't released until 1984 almost two years after her death. I think it's because he knew she would have taken his lunch money and gave him a wedgie. If I can refute every point he made with ease, she would have made it look like an art form.
I think some people are intimidated by her staunch rationality, her black and white thinking. Ayn Rand's writing perspective (her voice) is very strong: some folks take it to mean "I am right and you are wrong!" She was a severe rationalist, so people more attuned to their feelings and emotions will have more trouble accepting her ideas; while fellow rationalists will absorb it and relate far more readily.
Here's a free one: she never said to repress emotions. She said they are not good indicators for making choices. Of course if you're deciding what color bridesmaid dresses to get for your wedding, go ahead and think about it with your emotions--I'm sure green does make you FEEL different than brown. However, if you are investing in a company or signing a congressional act into law, for god-sake, don't let it be swayed by the color of the logo or how it makes you feel--it should be an act of the rational mind weighing all the concretes.
If you read this book with the intent of acquiring knowledge, you will not be disappointed. There are not many books I can point to and sincerely say that it "changed my life," but this is one of them.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Chicken Soup for the Mind 17 dicembre 2012
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Thanks to Ayn Rand's two books "Philosophy: Who Needs It" and "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology," I learned what no other philosophy book had taught me: how to think objectively and logically by making use of irreducible axioms and the hierarchical nature of concepts. Rand armed me with a mighty weapon: philosophical detection. I learned to do what Rand does: carve up unclear thinkers (including big-name professors and intellectuals) by exposing the flaws in their thinking. If you read "Philosophy: Who Needs It," you'll get a taste of Rand's ability to make intellectual mincemeat of her philosophical enemies, such as Immanuel Kant, B.F. Skinner, and John Rawls. And once you understand Objectivist epistemology, you too will be armed and dangerous as a philosopher, able to "slice and dice" the pathetic, intellectually bankrupt university professors who deem Objectivism unworthy of study in the academy.

"Philosophy: Who Needs" It is collection Rand's essays that will provide you with examples of a genius philosopher--Rand, demonstrating the power of philosophy (her philosophy) applied to basic issues such as education, morality, censorship, and inflation. An intelligent, free-thinking individual can only benefit from this lesson in applied Objectivism. If you benefit from "Philosphy: Who Needs It, "then "graduate" to Rand's "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology."

Although Rand wasn't a mystic, and I am--into teaching, practicing, and writing about Tibetan Dzogchen, Hindu Kashmir Shaivism, Christian Hermeticsm,and other yoga philosophies and disciplines--Objectivism provided me with a framework to remove the contradictions in my own thinking relative to these spiritual philosophies. Hence, even if you aren't an atheist like Rand was, you can still benefit greatly from studying Objectivist philosophy.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Answer: Everyone Needs Philosophy 13 maggio 2012
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One of my favorites of Rand's non-fiction books. It was compiled mostly from her newsletter, The Ayn Rand Letter, right before the end of her life and shows her rallying yet again to present her thoughts in a very clear and concise overview of, "the supremacy of reason". I particularlly like chapter 4, "The Missing Link" about the anti-conceptual mentality and it's roots. And chapter 7, "Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World". Also chapter 13, "The Stimulus and the Repsonse" about "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" by BF Skinner who was declared the world's leading intellectual influnece during my public high school education, most unfortunately, while Rand herself was banished. Rand's clarity of mind, precision with concepts, and specific use of words is extraordinarily sharp here as she debunks one philosophical fallacy after another. She's highly consistent throughout this book as she addresses many of the fundamental moral issues that still remained with regard to a better understanding of her Objectivist philosophy. This' her last and final appraisal of our culture and it also shows her eloborating her essential arguments on what she still considered the most important issues.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Great book - very worth reading! 28 febbraio 2014
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After reading Atlas Shrugged and finding an author and philosophy that fit my personal morality and basic premises of thought - I needed to know and understand more. Ayn Rand is putting a technical understanding to my way of life and thinking... It is very refreshing and inspiring to find such eloquent explanations and theory to a system that I had simply assumed because it felt right. Without the technical foundation, I frequently come to the same conclusions and ends, but the journey has been more difficult. I feel like her life study of putting together her philosophy of Objectivism is helping to clarify my own thoughts and reasoning - so that the path of my journey is being clarified. It is also an excellent lesson that gives me a better way to express my core logic and thoughts to others more effectively - hopefully to combat the many issues we are facing today!

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