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  • Full Title: Is Objectivism a Religion? (original edition); Are Capitalism, Objectivism, and Libertarianism Religions? Yes! (revised edition)
  • Author(s): Albert Ellis
  • Year Published: 1968 (original edition), 2006 (revised edition)
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart (original edition); Walden Three (revised edition)
  • Publication Type: Commercial (original edition); Self/Vanity (revised edition)
  • ISBN-10: n/a (original edition); 1-4348-0885-8 (revised edition)
  • ISBN-13: n/a (original edition); 978-1-4348-0885-1 (revised edition)
  • Description: Ellis was a psychologist and developer of a method he called "rational-emotive therapy" (later "REBT"). In May 1967, Ellis participated in a public debate with Rand's protege Nathaniel Branden, also a psychologist, over differences in their respective theories. A large portion of the audience was supportive of Branden and negative towards Ellis. This encounter motivated Ellis to write a book about the "evils" of Objectivism. The original edition was out of print for many years, but shortly before his death Ellis released a revised edition available as an e-book or through print-on-demand.


Although much of the content is the same, Ellis changed the chapter titles and divisions for the revised edition. Contents from the original edition:

  1. Some Seeming Rationalities of Objectivism
  2. The Objectivist View of Self-Esteem
  3. The Objectivist View of Economics
  4. The Objectivist View of Politics
  5. Some Assorted Evils of Objectivism
  6. Why Objectivism Is a Religion
  7. Absolutism and the Need for Certainty in Objectivism
  8. Tautological and Definitional Thinking in Objectivism
  9. Intolerance of Opposing Views in Objectivism
  10. Deification and Hero-Worship in Objectivism
  11. Unrealism and Anti-Empiricism in Objectivism
  12. Condemning and Punitive Attitudes of Objectivism
  13. Other Religious Characteristics of Objectivism
  14. Some Further Evidence of the Religiosity of Objectivists

Contents from the revised edition:

  1. Some Seeming Rationalities of Ayn Rand's Objectivist Philosophy
  2. Rand's Objectivist View of Self Esteem
  3. The Capitalist-Libertarian-Objectivist View of Economics
  4. The Randian View of Politics
  5. Assorted Evils of Ayn Rand's Objectivism
  6. Why Objectivism is a Fanatical Religion
  7. Ayn Rand's Religion Absolutivsm and Need for Certainty
  8. Definitional and Fanatically Religious Thinking
  9. Ayn Rand's Intolerance of Opposing Philosophies
  10. Ayn Rand's Deification and Hero Worhsip
  11. Objectivism's Unrealism and AntiEmpiricism
  12. Ayn Rand's Condemning and Damning Attitudes
  13. Other Fanatically Religious Characteristics of Ayn Rand and Objectivism
  14. The Religiosity of Ayn Rand and Objectivists
  15. Summary and Conclusion

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