Have you read any book written by Ayan Rand?

December 6, 2006 10:21am CST
Hy i am a fan of The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, We the People etc written by Ayan Rand. I want to start of Forum on the books written by her. All the fans of her ides are requested to contribute. I read her books a few years agon and i think such forum will help people to think and brain storm on her ideas and philosophy..
6 responses
@nzk786 (453)
• India
6 Dec 06
Yes i am a fan of her philosophy and i stand by her objectivism theory...it seems so relevant in our age today even. Ayn Rand named her philosophy “Objectivism” and described it as a philosophy for living on earth. Objectivism is an integrated system of thought that defines the abstract principles by which a man must think and act if he is to live the life proper to man. The political philosophy of objectivism shaped Rand's work. A deeply conservative philosophy, it posited individual effort and ability as the sole source of all genuine achievement, thereby elevating the pursuit of self-interest to the role of first principle and scorning such notions as altruism and sacrifice for the common good as liberal delusions and even vices. It further held laissez-faire capitalism is most congenial to the exercise of talent. Rand's philosophy underlay her fiction but found more direct expression in her nonfiction, including such works as For the New Intellectual (1961), The Virtue of Selfishness (1965), Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966), Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (1967), and Philosophy: Who Needs It? (1982). She also promoted her objectivist philosophy in the journals The Objectivist (1962-71) and The Ayn Rand Letter (1971-76).
• India
7 Dec 06
Nice to see such a reply. Well i have not read any of her books lately. Actually i have read all her books once but i think one should read each book at least once a year to really understand and start living on the principles given by her. I hope we discuss here books some time.
• Philippines
7 Jan 07
yes i've read Atlas Shrugged. It has inspired me to be the best that I can be.
@loudcry (1044)
• India
1 Jan 07
I have read all the fictions and most of the non-fictions. I beleive one can get a celar picture of the philosophy of objectivism after reading the non-fictions. The fictions are a work of art. To see man as a heroic being is contrary to what the society teaches us. The society holds humility as virtue ,objectivism holds conceit as virtue, the society holds sacrifice as a virtue , objectivism holds shelfishness as a virtue.It is this opposition that makes people either love her or hate her.
• United States
15 Dec 06
I have read The Fountainhead Atlas Shrugged Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Romantic Manifesto Philosophy: Who Needs It We the Living For the New Intellectual The Virtue of Selfishness We the Living The Letters of Ayn Rand Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology You might enjoy these websites http://theautonomist.com/aaphp/autonomist/autonomist.php http://www.aynrand.org
• India
15 Dec 06
I have started reading The Fountainhead and am enjoying it so much, that I have already gone and got myself a copy of Atlas Shrugged. I can well agree with the comments here already having finished less than half the book. Can't wait to get on with it.
@xsle84 (99)
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
grass and sky - grass and sky
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand:Everyone should read this book. Everyone should read this book, not because the philosophy it espouses will be one that will have unanimous consent; not because the story is realistic or plausible; not for any of the wrong reasons, or even for any of the right reasons. For example, this book is an extremely fast-paced read that manages to suck you in within the first 50 pages and not let go of you until the very end. This book is also interesting and worthy of thought. However, this book's greatest merit, and if this were its only merit, then it would suffice to make the book great just by it being there, is that this book will change you. After reading Ayn Rand, you will see things differently. You might not become a Howard Roark or a John Galt. You might not even become one of the lesser, but still virtuous characters. You might even have nothing but contempt for all of these supposedly virtuous characters who design their lives around self actualization through egotism and selfishness. But, you will see the world differently. You will suddenly see these traits of people. You will make comparisons. You will ask yourself the question "What would Ayn Rand think?" That is just how the book is written. It is written to create an indelible impression on every reader. I know this, (Actually, I think that Ayn Rand uses this expression constantly in her book.) because my life was changed by this book. Not only because I neglected to do a lot of things because I would rather have read another chapter of this long book, but in the sense that my current ideology is shaped by the philosophy that she espouses. I don't necessarilly agree with all of the precepts, but I certainly sympathize with many of the more overarching ideals. Sure, after reading this book you might become a jerk. Many people do, but at least as a jerk, you will be one that is somewhat well read. Any maybe, you will become quite the opposite, just to spite objectivism, but that's not too bad either. In this way, the book is a work of art. It is guarenteed to create an impression of some sort and afterall, I am dubious that this could be said about every book, or even most books. In this way, Ayn Rand is more than a self-obbsessed philosopher, but a legitimate artist, whose works should be read by everyone who thinks. Yes, even if you are a liberal or a communist or a christian or even a Muslim.