Philosophy: Who Needs It

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Penguin, Nov 1, 1984 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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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.

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If you have a mind you need to learn how NOT to let it become cluttered with the garbage that is EVERYWHERE. This book can help you sift through that which you think may have merit vs. that which is meant to overwhelm your mind and confuse. I read this when I was about 23, a junior in college with a lot of questions.  

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Absolute garbage. You can't really consider Ayn Rand to be a philosopher. Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
Who Needs
Philosophical Detection
The Metaphysical Versus the ManMade
The Missing Link
Selfishness Without a Self
An Open Letter to Boris Spassky
The Destroyers of the Modern World
An Untitled Letter
Egalitarianism and Inflation
The Stimulus and the Response
The Establishing of an Establishment
Local and Express
Fairness Doctrine for Education
What Can One
Dont Let It

From the Horses Mouth
Kant Versus Sullivan
Causality Versus Duty

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Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

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