For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the two choices Rand presents for a dying society.

Rand presents two choices for a dying society. Rand says that the dying society can choose to continue deluding itself or it can face the truth and begin to rebuild itself into a living and thriving society.

2. What is the purpose of For the New Intellectual?

The purpose of this book, For the New Intellectual, is to wake up the United States, as Rand states it. Rand sees the country as dying, and it can either choose to delude itself or to face the truth and begin to rebuild. The purpose of the book, from Rand's perspective, is to educate those who are unaware of what she perceives to be a declining and dying society.

3. Rand states that culture should be judged by what criteria?

Rand believes that a culture should be judged by its most dominant philosophy. The dominant philosophy in a culture is expressed in many ways. The most common examples of a society's dominant philosophy would be morality, art, and economy. These are the measures by which a culture should be judged, according to Rand.

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