By Allan Gotthelf, Gregory Salmieri
The first quantity to provide a finished 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 arguable and understudied philosopher whose enduring impression on American (and international) tradition is more and more recognized.
- The first book to supply an in-depth scholarly remedy ranging over the entire of Rand’s corpus
- Provides expert contextual research for students in a number of 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- Presents unique learn on unpublished fabric and drafts from the Rand information in California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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Here are a few brief examples, all from “The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand” (VAR). As evidence that Rand’s philosophy encourages repression, he points to examples of heroic characters suppressing unpleasant emotions or feeling isolated from others, and he promotes some of his later books as offering advice on how to overcome this tendency. However, in Atlas Shrugged, d the suppression Branden calls attention to is portrayed, not as a healthy way of functioning, but as an error that admirable people often make in difficult circumstances.
On these issues, see Wright 2009, and my discussion below, 63–68. Rand said that she first formed the theory in the 1940s (ITOE 307), and the central idea that concepts are formed by an act of “measurement omission” is attributed to Rand in a 1952 term paper (Papers 020_01K_003) by her (then) friend Barbara Weidman (later, Barbara Branden). On the relevant published works, see my and John Lewis’s discussion below, 355–357. Judging by some of Rand’s notes (Papers 47_26x), this narrative seems to have informed a number of talks she gave in 1958, but (to my knowledge) no copies of these talks survive.
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. Hicks, Steven. 2006. ” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.