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A Companion to Ayn Rand


A Companion to Ayn Rand


Blackwell Companions to Philosophy 1. Aufl.

von: Allan Gotthelf, Gregory Salmieri

40,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 08.12.2015
ISBN/EAN: 9781118324929
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 544

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<p>The first volume to offer a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Rand’s entire corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her analysis of the events of her times), this <i>Companion</i> provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with a controversial and understudied thinker whose enduring influence on American (and world) culture is increasingly recognized.</p> <ul> <li>The first publication to provide an in-depth scholarly treatment ranging over the whole of Rand’s corpus</li> <li>Provides informed contextual analysis for scholars in a variety of disciplines</li> <li>Presents original research on unpublished material and drafts from the Rand archives in California</li> <li>Features insightful and fair-minded interpretations of Rand’s controversial positions</li> </ul>
Notes on Contributors ix <p>Acknowledgments xii</p> <p>A Note on Abbreviations and References xiv</p> <p><b>Part I Context 1</b></p> <p>1 An Introduction to the Study of Ayn Rand 3<br /><i>Gregory Salmieri</i></p> <p>2 The Life of Ayn Rand: Writing, Reading, and Related Life Events 22<br /><i>Shoshana Milgram</i></p> <p><b>Part II Ethics and Human Nature 47</b></p> <p>3 The Act of Valuing (and the Objectivity of Values) 49<br /><i>Gregory Salmieri</i></p> <p>4 The Morality of Life 73<br /><i>Allan Gotthelf</i></p> <p>(completed by Gregory Salmieri)</p> <p>5 A Being of Self-Made Soul 105<br /><i>Onkar Ghate</i></p> <p>6 Egoism and Altruism: Selfi shness and Sacrifice 130<br /><i>Gregory Salmieri</i></p> <p><b>Part III Society 157</b></p> <p>7 “A Human Society”: Rand’s Social Philosophy 159<br /><i>Darryl Wright</i></p> <p>8 Political Theory: A Radical for Capitalism 187<br /><i>Fred D. Miller, Jr. and Adam Mossoff</i></p> <p>9 Objective Law 209<br /><i>Tara Smith</i></p> <p>10 “A Free Mind and a Free Market are Corollaries”: Rand’s Philosophical Perspective on Capitalism 222<br /><i>Onkar Ghate</i></p> <p><b>Part IV The Foundations of Objectivism 243</b></p> <p>11 Objectivist Metaphysics: The Primacy of Existence 245<br /><i>Jason G. Rheins</i></p> <p>12 The Objectivist Epistemology 272<br /><i>Gregory Salmieri</i></p> <p><b>Part V Philosophers and Their Effects 319</b></p> <p>13 “Who Sets the Tone for a Culture?”: Ayn Rand’s Approach to the History of Philosophy 321<br /><i>James G. Lennox</i></p> <p>14 Ayn Rand’s Evolving View of Friedrich Nietzsche 343<br /><i>Lester H. Hunt</i></p> <p>15 A Philosopher on Her Times: Ayn Rand’s Political and Cultural Commentary 351<br /><i>John David Lewis and Gregory Salmieri</i></p> <p><b>Part VI Art 403</b></p> <p>16 The Objectivist Esthetics: Art and the Needs of a Conceptual Consciousness 405<br /><i>Harry Binswanger</i></p> <p>17 Rand’s Literary Romanticism 426<br /><i>Tore Boeckmann</i></p> <p><b>Coda 451</b></p> <p>18 Hallmarks of Objectivism: The Benevolent Universe Premise and the Heroic View of Man 453<br /><i>Allan Gotthelf and Gregory Salmieri</i></p> <p>Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Quasi-Primary Sources 463</p> <p>Index 471</p>
<p><b>Allan Gotthelf</b> (1942-2013) was Anthem Foundation Distinguished Fellow at Rutgers University, USA, emeritus Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey, Secretary of the Ayn Rand Society (a professional group affiliated with the American Philosophical Association), and the primary editor of its <i>Philosophical Studies </i>series. Between 2003 and 2012, he was visiting professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His influential papers on Aristotle are collected in <i>Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Biology</i> (2012).</p> <p><b>Gregory Salmieri</b> teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary of the Ayn Rand Society and co-editor of its <i>Philosophical Studies </i>series. In addition to his work on Rand, he has published on various issues in Aristotle’s philosophy and is editor of the forthcoming <i>Knowing and Coming to Know: Essays on Aristotle’s Epistemology.</i></p>
<p>This expansive <i>Companion</i> to Ayn Rand’s work provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with Rand’s varied and controversial corpus<i>.</i> Rand’s work has been often ignored and sometimes disdained in the academy, yet she continues to fascinate readers with her dramatic novels, wide-ranging essays, and Objectivism, her philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism.</p> <p>After an informative introduction and a brief biography of the Russian émigrée who went on to celebrate and defend her vision of the American way of life, each chapter of this <i>Companion</i> focuses on a different area of the philosophy she developed, or on a selection of her writings. Several chapters tackle aspects of her views on ethics and the metaphysical and epistemological foundations of her philosophy. Others examine Rand’s thoughts on political theory, her approach to literature (as both theorist and author), and her acute analysis of contemporary events. Taken together, the chapters provide an overview of Rand’s distinctive worldview, relating the different aspects of her thought together, as well as relating each to philosophers and theorists in connected fields. This publication provides a thorough, scholarly grounding in Rand’s varied and highly original work, offering the most wide-ranging and up-to-date survey available.</p>

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