Could someone briefly explain Ayn Rand's philosophy; objectivism?

I've read "Atlas Shrugged" and would like to attempt "The Fountainhead" soon, but before I do I would like a better understanding of what Objectivism is. Could someone briefly describe the main tenets of that philosophy?

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Or "The Bible."

*eyeroll that can be seen from space*

Yeah, complete fiction.  Rand?  You've got to be kidding...

I think Whittaker Chambers said it best, back in the day.

Who is Whittaker Chambers? A nobody. The only reason his name is mentioned today is in connection with his smears of Ayn Rand, who 50 years later still sells millions of books. If you want to have an opinion of a controversial author like Rand the only way is to read her works yourself.

I've read Rand.  She's a third-rate novelist and a fourth-rate philosopher.

And Chambers is primarily known today for reasons that have nothing to do with Rand.

I always preferred Buckley to Rand.  Apparently publishing Whittaker Chambers' review of Atlas Shrugged -- which WFB said went a bit too far -- in National Review caused a major rift between Rand and Buckley.  They had some philosophical differences ... mostly that he didn't share her general disdain for all altruism, not just feigned altruism of the government variety.

Rand has her moments.  She makes some solid points, and I generally like her work.  But, there are limitations to her philosophy.


Which, of course, is expected.

To have the perfect philosophy implies infinite wisdom. Yet we are finite human beings.

Rand's philosophy is, in my view, ignoring any dimensions of humans we would call spiritual. But she was attempting to formulate a system of thinking and behaving that would allow humans to grow and prosper and live together peaceably. A philosophy based on rational interaction, where the initiation of physical force is considered abhorrent, seems like a reasonable start.

where the initiation of physical force is considered abhorrent

You may have missed her sex scenes.

I saw more love and affection in the love scenes from oz

Objectivism is basically the celebration of being a sociopath. 

Sociopath is in style.  Me first, always...

I'm a little late to this conversation, obviously, but I respect Rand and agree with her main points.

So how are you liking "The Fountainhead," Stephen?


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