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For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand Summary
Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand, whose real name was Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (1905-1982) was one of the 20th century's great American novelist. Originally, Russian, she not only wrote novels, but plays and movies as well. She was widely seen as an important social philosopher. Rand has become famous from her novel sales but particularly due to the ideas that she placed at the core, ideas she tied together in a system she called Objectivism. Rand published her two most famous books, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in 1943 and 1957 respectively. It is particularly in the last book that she makes her philosophical commitments clear.

Rand understands her primary metaphysical view as one of metaphysical realism. She believes that the world exists and that there are objective, true or false claims that can be made about it. On Rand's view, the universe is mind-independent: it does not rely on consciousness for its existence...

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