By Allan Gotthelf, Gregory Salmieri
The first quantity to provide a accomplished scholarly therapy of Rand’s complete corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her research of the occasions of her times), this Companion presents very important orientation and context for students and knowledgeable readers grappling with a debatable and understudied philosopher whose enduring effect on American (and global) tradition is more and more recognized.
- The first booklet to supply an in-depth scholarly therapy ranging over the complete of Rand’s corpus
- Provides knowledgeable contextual research for students in various disciplines
- Presents unique study on unpublished fabric and drafts from the Rand records in California
- Features insightful and fair-minded interpretations of Rand’s arguable positions
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20 In the decades that followed, Nathanial Branden gained acclaim as a popular psychologist, and he continued to periodically write or lecture on Rand and her philosophy. 21 The second of Rand’s students who warrants special mention is Leonard Peikoff. We discussed him briefly earlier in connection with his 1976 course on Objectivism and his book Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. 22 As Rand’s heir and the executor of her estate, he established ARI’s Ayn Rand Archives (a resource that has been invaluable in the research for this volume) and he has overseen the posthumous publication of a great deal of material by Rand, including notes, letters, marginalia, early stories, and edited transcripts of courses and workshops.
In Rand’s mature system, the fundamental virtue is rationality, and it consists in choosing the first of these alternatives – in volitionally recognizing the primacy of existence. In The Fountainheadd, she had treated independence as the primary virtue; and it is left ambiguous in much of her work prior to Atlas whether all of the morally significant differences she sees among people are matters of choice. The centrality of reason and volition to Rand’s system explains her choice to name it “Objectivism”; for to be “objective” is (as Peikoff aptly formulates Rand’s view) “volitionally to adhere to reality by following certain rules of method, a method based on facts andd appropriate to man’s form of cognition” (OPAR 117).
A Companion to Ayn Rand by Allan Gotthelf, Gregory Salmieri