The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z

The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z


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A prolific writer, bestselling novelist, and world-renowned philosopher, Ayn Rand defined a full system of thought—from epistemology to aesthetics. Her writing is so extensive and the range of issues she covers so enormous that those interested in finding her discussions of a given topic may have to search through many sources to locate the relevant passage. The Ayn Rand Lexicon brings together all the key ideas of her philosophy of Objectivism. Begun under Rand's supervision, this unique volume is an invaluable guide to her philosophy or reason, self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism—the philosophy so brilliantly dramatized in her novels The Fountainhead, We the Living, and Anthem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452010512
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1988
Series: Ayn Rand Library Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 745,404
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

Date of Birth:

February 2, 1905

Date of Death:

March 6, 1982

Place of Birth:

St. Petersburg, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd, 1924

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Problem: you don't deeply learn about Rand's philosophy of Objectivism by reading her novels. What that tells you is how she believes ideas affect the actions of people (her ideas in conflict with competing ones). That's done mostly with dramatization. Beyond the novels, how does one press forward to an apprehension of the ideas themselves? That would be done by reading all of her nonfiction. This Lexicon would be highly useful prior to a complete understanding of that material, plus it would help the experienced reader recall key points simply by looking up the term in question, or a related cross-referenced one if the first term attempted wasn't covered. This book offers a good mid-term solution to the daunting task of gaining familiarity with a new system. Editor Binswanger, who worked personally with Rand for decades, had access to every relevant source, and he thought to address topics from the seemingly pedestrian (Hedonism, Dogma, Draft, Credit, Pleasure, Loneliness) to the complex (Propositions, Kant, Social Theory Of Ethics, Civilization, Patents and Copyrights, Logical Positivism) to the allegedly frivolous (Operetta, Humor). This book is a must for its subject.
theresa2011 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful reference, particularly for essays and editorials.
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