NB On Objectivism

The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (MP3)



The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (MP3)
[Total Program Length: 1 hr 30 min.]

Abstract: For eighteen years I was a close associate of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand whose books, notably "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged," inspired a philosophical movement known as Objectivism. This philosophy places its central emphasis on reason, individualism, enlightened self-interest, political freedom,€” and a heroic vision of life's possibilities.

Following an explosive parting of the ways with Ayn Rand in 1968, I have been asked many times about the nature of our differences. This article is my first public answer to that question. Although agreeing with many of the values of the Objectivist philosophy and vision, I discuss the consequences of the absence of an adequate psychology to support this intellectual structure, focusing in particular on the destructive moralism of Rand and many of her followers, a moralism that subtly encourages repression, self-alienation, and guilt.

I offer an explanation of the immense appeal of Ayn Rand's philosophy, particularly to the young, and suggest some cautionary observations concerning its adaptation to one's own life.

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