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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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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AYN RAND is the author of "Anthem, The Fountainhead, " and "Atlas Shrugged", and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.

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