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Companion to Ayn Rand (Hardcover)

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"The startling originality of Ayn Rand's ideas is brought to light in this collection of brilliant and incisive essays on her revolutionary philosophic system. A major intellectual tour de force." Jason D. Hill, DePaul University

"A Companion to Ayn Rand is a landmark in scholarship. This volume introduces Ayn Rand to the beginner, highlights in detail the advances of the past decades for practitioners, and celebrates Objectivism's move toward a bright future for all of society. An indispensable work, no matter whether you can recite Rand from memory or you can't spell her name." Michael C. Munger, Duke University

"This superb collection -- which covers all areas of Rand's philosophy, with chapters on her life and cultural commentary as well -- has set the standard for the scholarly treatment of her thought." Robert Mayhew, Seton Hall University

This expansive Companion provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with Ayn Rand's varied and controversial corpus. 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 articulation of Objectivism, her philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire Capitalism.

After an informative introduction and a brief biography of the Russian emigree who went on to celebrate and defend her vision of the American way of life, each chapter of this Companion focuses on a different aspect of the philosophy she developed, or on a selection of her writings. Several chapters tackle 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 insight into Rand's distinctive worldview, offering a holistic approach to her body of work in relation to the fields she influenced. 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.
Number of Pages: 521
Genre: Philosophy
Series Title: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Language: English
Street Date: February 23, 2016
TCIN: 50603707
UPC: 9781405186841
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-8338
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