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  • Full Title: The Ayn Rand Reader
  • Author(s): Edited by Gary Hull and Leonard Peikoff, Introduction by Leonard Peikoff
  • Year Published: 1999
  • Publisher: Plume
  • Publication Type: Commercial
  • ISBN-10: 0-452-28040-0 (paperback)
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  • Description: As Leonard Peikoff describes it in his introduction, "this anthology is intended as an entree for those who know little or nothing about [Ayn Rand]." The book contains excerpts from all four of her novels and various other works. According to Hull, the excerpts have been intentionally arranged so that "[e]xcerpts from a novel are followed by nonfiction passages elaborating on its theme." The excerpts in the book focus on philosophical issues, not the political and social criticism offered by many of Rand's nonfiction essays.
  • Cover Blurb:

    Ayn Rand rose to prominence in 1943 with the publication of The Fountainhead, which became one of the most influential and widely read philosophical novels of the twentieth century. Setting forth a radical code of morality advocating rational self-interest, Rand established her reputation as a brilliant, controversial thinker and novelist. An impassioned proponent of reason, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism, she expressed her views in numerous works of fiction and nonfiction that have been brought together for the first time in this one-of-a-kind volume.

    Containing excerpts from The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, The Ayn Rand Reader offers a sample of Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, as well as a glimpse of her dramatic, man-glorifying artistic universe. The Reader includes her denunciations of mysticism, altruism, and collectivism -- ideas that she saw as antithetical to man's life on earth and to Western civilization. Also found here are excerpts from her early novels, the autobiographical We the Living, and the futuristic novelette Anthem, along with selections that illustrate her thought on religion, epistemology, sex, politics, art, and abortion. (From a Plume paperback printing.)


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Part One: The Fountainhead

Part Two: Ethics

  1. Selfishness
  2. Anti-Altruism
  3. Man, the Rational Animal

Part Three: Atlas Shrugged

Part Four: Basic Philosophy

  1. Reason and Reality
  2. Mind and Body
  3. Theory of Concepts

Part Five: Early Novels and Politics

  1. The Individual vs. the State
  2. Capitalism vs. Collectivism

Part Six: Romanticism and the Benevolent Universe

  1. Romanticism
  2. The Benevolent Universe

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