Philosophy: Who Needs It
On this page: Description Contents Related Links Reviews, Criticism and Analysis
- Full Title: Philosophy: Who Needs It
- Author(s): Ayn Rand, with an introduction by Leonard Peikoff
- Year Published: 1982
- Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill (hardcover, paperback); MacMillan Publishing (paperback); Signet (paperback)
- Publication Type: Commercial
- ISBN-10: 0-672-52725-1 (hardcover), 0-672-52795-2 (paperback), 0-02-066900-3 (paperback), 0-451-13249-1 (paperback), 0-451-13891-7 (paperback), 0-451-17394-5 (paperback)
- Description: This is a collection of essays. Although the book was published posthumously with final editing by Leonard Peikoff, Rand had begun work on the collection prior to her death. Most of the essays originally appeared in The Ayn Rand Letter.
- Cover blurb:
Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand's answer: Everyone.
This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal. Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives. (From a Signet paperback printing.)
Where an item is by an author other than Rand, the author's name is noted in square brackets.
- Introduction [Leonard Peikoff]
- Philosophy: Who Needs It
- Philosophical Detection
- The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made
- The Missing Link
- Selfishness Without a Self
- An Open Letter to Boris Spassky
- Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World
- From the Horse's Mouth
- Kant Versus Sullivan
- Causality Versus Duty
- An Untitled Letter
- Egalitarianism and Inflation
- The Stimulus and the Response
- Censorship: Local and Express
- Fairness Doctrine for Education
- What Can One Do?
- Don't Let It Go
The following perspectives on this book are available online:
- Critique of the title essay by Grant Schuyler
- Critique by Fred Seddon of Rand's treatment of Rawls in "An Untitled Letter"
- Blog post by Bill Vallicella critiquing Rand's treatment of Kant in "Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World"
Additional keywords: Ann Rand, Anne Rand, Ayn Rad, Ayn Ran, Any Rand, Leonard Peikof, Leonard Piekoff
About the Objectivism Reference Center
The philosophy of Ayn Rand, a twentieth-century novelist and philosopher, is known as Objectivism. The Objectivism Reference Center provides resources about Rand, her ideas, her works, and places where those are discussed and debated. Visit the Site Information page for details on site policies. Suggestions for additional materials or additional links are welcomed.
Copyright © 1999-2009 by Richard Lawrence. All rights reserved.