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Readings in Multicultural Semiotics An astonishing pages and 8 chapters is no laughing matter, at least to those who are not well-acquainted with reading books, yet I found myself the ability to read most articles inside the book well enough to understand the key points as if I was reading one of my favorite novels.

I believe this is a result of using articles on popular culture as basis for this book. Despite her philosophical differences with them, Rand strongly endorsed the writings of both men throughout her career, and both of them expressed admiration for her.

Mises once referred to Rand as "the most courageous man in America", a compliment that particularly pleased her because he said "man" instead of "woman". Rand questioned Paterson about American history and politics long into the night during their many meetings and gave Paterson ideas for her only non-fiction book, The God of the Machine.

Rand's first major success as a writer came in with The Fountainhead , a romantic and philosophical novel that she wrote over a period of seven years.

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It was rejected by twelve publishers before finally being accepted by the Bobbs-Merrill Company on the insistence of editor Archibald Ogden, who threatened to quit if his employer did not publish it. The Fountainhead became a worldwide success, bringing Rand fame and financial security.

Finishing her work on that screenplay, she was hired by producer Hal B. Wallis as a screenwriter and script-doctor. Although the planned book was never completed, a condensed version was published as an essay titled "The Only Path to Tomorrow" in the January edition of Reader's Digest magazine. Rand extended her involvement with free-market and anti-communist activism while working in Hollywood.

She became involved with the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals , a Hollywood anti-Communist group, and wrote articles on the group's behalf. She also joined the anti-Communist American Writers Association. Her testimony described the disparity between her personal experiences in the Soviet Union and the portrayal of it in the film Song of Russia.

After several delays, the film version of The Fountainhead was released in Although it used Rand's screenplay with minimal alterations, she "disliked the movie from beginning to end", and complained about its editing, acting, and other elements. In the years following the publication of The Fountainhead , Rand received numerous letters from readers, some of whom the book profoundly influenced.

Initially the group was an informal gathering of friends who met with Rand on weekends at her apartment to discuss philosophy.

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She later began allowing them to read the drafts of her new novel, Atlas Shrugged , as the manuscript pages were written. In Rand's close relationship with the younger Nathaniel Branden turned into a romantic affair, with the consent of their spouses. Atlas Shrugged , published in , was considered Rand's magnum opus. The plot involves a dystopian United States in which the most creative industrialists, scientists, and artists respond to a welfare state government by going on strike and retreating to a mountainous hideaway where they build an independent free economy.

The novel's hero and leader of the strike, John Galt , describes the strike as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the minds of the individuals most contributing to the nation's wealth and achievement. With this fictional strike, Rand intended to illustrate that without the efforts of the rational and productive, the economy would collapse and society would fall apart.

The novel includes elements of mystery , romance , and science fiction , [71] [72] and it contains an extended exposition of Objectivism in the form of a lengthy monologue delivered by Galt. Despite many negative reviews, Atlas Shrugged became an international bestseller.

In an interview with Mike Wallace , Rand declared herself "the most creative thinker alive". Collective members gave lectures for NBI and wrote articles for Objectivist periodicals that she edited. Rand later published some of these articles in book form. Critics, including some former NBI students and Branden himself, later described the culture of NBI as one of intellectual conformity and excessive reverence for Rand, with some describing NBI or the Objectivist movement itself as a cult or religion.

Throughout the s and s, Rand developed and promoted her Objectivist philosophy through her nonfiction works and by giving talks to students at institutions such as Yale , Princeton , Columbia , [82] Harvard , and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These included supporting abortion rights, [86] opposing the Vietnam War and the military draft but condemning many draft dodgers as "bums" , [87] supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War of against a coalition of Arab nations as "civilized men fighting savages", [88] saying European colonists had the right to develop land taken from American Indians , [89] and calling homosexuality "immoral" and "disgusting", while also advocating the repeal of all laws about it.

In , Nathaniel Branden began an affair with the young actress Patrecia Scott , whom he later married. Nathaniel and Barbara Branden kept the affair hidden from Rand. When she learned of it in , though her romantic relationship with Branden had already ended, [92] Rand terminated her relationship with both Brandens, which led to the closure of NBI.

Rand underwent surgery for lung cancer in after decades of heavy smoking.

A 6-foot 1. Rand called her philosophy "Objectivism", describing its essence as "the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute".

In metaphysics, Rand supported philosophical realism , and opposed anything she regarded as mysticism or supernaturalism, including all forms of religion. In epistemology , she considered all knowledge to be based on sense perception, the validity of which she considered axiomatic , [] and reason , which she described as "the faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses".

In ethics, Rand argued for rational and ethical egoism rational self-interest , as the guiding moral principle. She said the individual should "exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself".

Rand's political philosophy emphasized individual rights including property rights , [] and she considered laissez-faire capitalism the only moral social system because in her view it was the only system based on the protection of those rights.

She worked with conservatives on political projects, but disagreed with them over issues such as religion and ethics. In aesthetics, Rand defined art as a "selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments".

According to her, art allows philosophical concepts to be presented in a concrete form that can be easily grasped, thereby fulfilling a need of human consciousness. Rand acknowledged Aristotle as her greatest influence [] and remarked that in the history of philosophy she could only recommend "three A's"—Aristotle, Aquinas , and Ayn Rand.

I devised the rest of my philosophy myself. For example, the book's main character Lopuhov says "I am not a man to make sacrifices.

And indeed there are no such things. One acts in the way that one finds most pleasant. Rand said her most important contributions to philosophy were her "theory of concepts, [her] ethics, and [her] discovery in politics that evil—the violation of rights—consists of the initiation of force".

If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows. During Rand's lifetime, her work evoked both extreme praise and condemnation. Rand's first novel, We the Living , was admired by the literary critic H. The first reviews Rand received were for Night of January 16th. Reviews of the production were largely positive, but Rand considered even positive reviews to be embarrassing because of significant changes made to her script by the producer.

Berliner writes "it was the most reviewed of any of her works", with approximately different reviews being published in more than publications. Overall these reviews were more positive than the reviews she received for her later work.

Rand's first bestseller, The Fountainhead , received far fewer reviews than We the Living , and reviewers' opinions were mixed. Other negative reviews called the characters unsympathetic and Rand's style "offensively pedestrian". Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged was widely reviewed and many of the reviews were strongly negative. He described the tone of the book as "shrillness without reprieve" and accused Rand of supporting a godless system which he related to that of the Soviets , claiming "From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged , a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: Rand's nonfiction received far fewer reviews than her novels had.

The tenor of the criticism for her first nonfiction book, For the New Intellectual , was similar to that for Atlas Shrugged , [] [] with philosopher Sidney Hook likening her certainty to "the way philosophy is written in the Soviet Union", [] and author Gore Vidal calling her viewpoint "nearly perfect in its immorality". On the th anniversary of Rand's birth in , Edward Rothstein , writing for The New York Times , referred to her fictional writing as quaint utopian "retro fantasy" and programmatic neo-Romanticism of the misunderstood artist while criticizing her characters' "isolated rejection of democratic society".

In , a survey conducted for the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club asked club members what the most influential book in the respondent's life was.

Rand's Atlas Shrugged was the second most popular choice, after the Bible.

Rand and her works have been referred to in a variety of media: A documentary film, Ayn Rand: Although she rejected the labels " conservative " and " libertarian ", [] Rand has had continuing influence on right-wing politics and libertarianism. She faced intense opposition from William F. Buckley, Jr. They published numerous criticisms in the s and s by Whittaker Chambers , Garry Wills , and M.

Stanton Evans. Nevertheless, her influence among conservatives forced Buckley and other National Review contributors to reconsider how traditional notions of virtue and Christianity could be integrated with support for capitalism. The political figures who cite Rand as an influence are usually conservatives often members of the Republican Party , [] despite Rand taking some positions that are atypical for conservatives, such as being pro-choice and an atheist.

The financial crisis of — spurred renewed interest in her works, especially Atlas Shrugged , which some saw as foreshadowing the crisis.

Corey Robin of The Nation alleged similarities between the "moral syntax of Randianism" and fascism. During Rand's lifetime, her work received little attention from academic scholars.

Academic Mimi Gladstein was unable to find any scholarly articles about Rand's novels when she began researching her in , and only three such articles appeared during the rest of the s.

Since Rand's death, interest in her work has gradually increased. Sciabarra co-edits the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies , a nonpartisan peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of Rand's philosophical and literary work. Rand's ideas have also been made subjects of study at Clemson and Duke universities.

Rasmussen , while stressing the importance and originality of her thought, describe her style as "literary, hyperbolic and emotional". Libertarian philosopher Michael Huemer argues that very few people find Rand's ideas convincing, especially her ethics, [] which he believes are difficult to interpret and may lack logical coherence. Atlas Shrugged thus outsells Rand's non-fiction works as well as the works of other philosophers of classical liberalism such as Ludwig von Mises , Friedrich Hayek , or Frederic Bastiat.

Political scientist Charles Murray , while praising Rand's literary accomplishments, criticizes her claim that her only "philosophical debt" was to Aristotle, instead asserting that her ideas were derivative of previous thinkers such as John Locke and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Bass argues that her central ethical ideas are inconsistent and contradictory to her central political ideas. In , Rand's intellectual heir Leonard Peikoff established the Ayn Rand Institute , a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Rand's ideas and works.

In some cases, these grants have been controversial due to their requiring research or teaching related to Rand. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Russian-American writer and philosopher. Frank O'Connor m. See also: Night of January 16th , We the Living , and Anthem novella. The Fountainhead and The Fountainhead film. Objectivism Rational egoism Individualism Capitalism Romantic realism.

The Philosophy of Ayn Rand Philosophy: Related topics. Objectivism and homosexuality Objectivism and libertarianism Objectivism's rejection of the primitive Randian hero. Main article: Objectivism Ayn Rand. List of people influenced by Ayn Rand.

Objectivism and libertarianism. Objectivist movement. Bibliography of Ayn Rand and Objectivism. In Mayhew , p. In Mayhew a , pp. In Younkins , p. Rereading We the Living ". Old and New". Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution.

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National Review. Orville Prescott and Ayn Rand". Rocking the Boat. Little, Brown. Reprinted from Esquire , July The Herald. Retrieved April 2, Archived from the original on May 14, Retrieved April 9, Ayn Rand Institute. May 14, An estimated 5.

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