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The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand

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Summary

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  • Full Title: The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand
  • Author(s): Edited by Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen
  • Year Published: 1984
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication Type: Academic
  • ISBN-10: 0-252-01033-7 (hardcover), 0-252-01407-3 (paperback)
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  • Description: When it was first published, this was only the second book dedicated to having professional, non-Objectivist philosophers address Rand's ideas (the first was William F. O'Neill's With Charity Toward None, published some 13 years before). It is a collection of essays by different authors, divided into sections with introductory essays for each section provided by Den Uyl and Rasmussen.

Contents

Since this is a collection with multiple authors, the authors of each essay are indicated in parentheses after the essay title.

  1. Metaphysics and Epistemology
    1. Ayn Rand's Realism (Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen)
    2. Rand on Concepts (Wallace Matson)
    3. Ayn Rand's Epistemology in Historical Perspective (Robert Hollinger)
  2. Ethics
    1. Life, Teleology, and Eudaimonia in the Ethics of Ayn Rand (Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen)
    2. Rand and Aristotle: A Comparison of Objectivist and Aristotelian Ethics (Jack Wheeler)
    3. Life and the Theory of Value: The Randian Argument Reconsidered (J. Charles King)
    4. The Fundamental Moral Elements of Rand's Theory of Rights (Eric Mack)
  3. Politics
    1. Capitalism (Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen)
    2. Selfishness and the Unintended Consequences of Intended Action (Antony Flew)
    3. Reason, Individualism, and Capitalism: The Moral Vision of Ayn Rand (Tibor R. Machan)

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