A Companion to Ayn Rand (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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The first volume to offer a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Rand’s entire corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her analysis of the events of her times), this Companion provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with a controversial and understudied thinker whose enduring influence on American (and world) culture is increasingly recognized.

  • The first publication to provide an in-depth scholarly treatment ranging over the whole of Rand’s corpus
  • Provides informed contextual analysis for scholars in a variety of disciplines
  • Presents original research on unpublished material and drafts from the Rand archives in California
  • Features insightful and fair-minded interpretations of Rand’s controversial positions

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This expansive Companion to Ayn Rand’s work provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with 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 Objectivism, her philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism.

After an informative introduction and a brief biography of the Russian émigrée who went on to celebrate and defend her vision of the American way of life, each chapter of this Companion focuses on a different area of the philosophy she developed, or on a selection of her writings. Several chapters tackle aspects of 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 an overview of Rand’s distinctive worldview, relating the different aspects of her thought together, as well as relating each to philosophers and theorists in connected fields. 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.

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Allan Gotthelf (1942-2013) was Anthem Foundation Distinguished Fellow at Rutgers University, USA, emeritus Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey, Secretary of the Ayn Rand Society (a professional group affiliated with the American Philosophical Association), and the primary editor of its Philosophical Studies series. Between 2003 and 2012, he was visiting professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His influential papers on Aristotle are collected in Teleology, First Principles, and Scientific Method in Aristotle’s Biology (2012).

Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary of the Ayn Rand Society and co-editor of its Philosophical Studies series. In addition to his work on Rand, he has published on various issues in Aristotle’s philosophy and is editor of the forthcoming Knowing and Coming to Know: Essays on Aristotle’s Epistemology.

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