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  Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand (Ayn rhymes with "mine"), born Alissa (Alice) Zinovievna Rosenbaum (February 2, 1905 - March 6, 1982), was a controversial American philosopher and novelist, most famous for her philosophy of Objectivism.
Ayn Rand was born to Jewish parents in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Ayn Rand died on March 6, 1982 and was interred in the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.
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 Ayn Rand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rand was twelve at the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and her family life was disrupted by the rise of the Bolshevik party.
Rand stated her new name was derived from the Cyrillic spelling of her family's name, and the Ayn Rand Institute noted a similarity between the name Rand and the spelling of "Rosenbaum" in Cyrillic on her college diploma.
Rand's defenders argue that her opposition to government intervention to end private discrimination was motivated by her valuing property rights above civil or "human rights" (due to a rejection of the validity of the distinction) and therefore her view did not constitute an endorsement of the morality of the prejudice per se.
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 Ayn Rand Society
Rand’s concept of man as a heroic being – her vision of human beings as able to achieve great things, and of the universe as open to their efforts -- is a hallmark of her thought, and certainly a significant part of her widespread appeal.
Rand draws a sharp distinction between that which is caused by human choice – “the man-made,” and that which is not – “the metaphysically given.” Metaphysically given facts cannot be judged and man-made phenomena must be.
Rand thus conceives of objectivity as the relationship between a volitional consciousness and mind-independent reality when that consciousness adheres to the methods required by its nature and the nature of its objects if it is to know, and live in, reality.
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 Ayn Rand [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Ayn Rand's life was often as colorful as those of her heroes in her best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
Rand also worked for DeMille as a reader of scripts, and struggled financially while working on her own writing.
Rand's view is that the exact opposite is true: self-interest, properly understood, is the standard of morality and selflessness is the deepest immorality.
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 Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg as the daughter of Fronz Rosenbaum, a chemist, and his wife Anna.
Rand's first novel, WE THE LIVING appeared in 1936, but her breakthrough work was courtroom play NIGHT OF THE JANUARY 16th (1934), where the audience was asked to determine the verdict.
Ayn Rand called her philosophy "Objectivism" because it is based on the premise that reality is an objective absolute.
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 Reason: Ayn Rand at 100: Loved, hated, and always controversial, the best-selling author of The Fountainhead and ...
While Rand was hardly the first philosopher to advocate an ethos of individualism, reason, and self-interest, no one formulated it as accessibly or persuasively as she did—or as passionately.
Rand did claim to be in favor of “benevolence,” in contrast to altruism; but it would be fruitless to look for providers of private charitable aid among her “good guys,” except for those who lend a helping hand to a friend.
Rand does not advocate their murder, of course (though she sympathetically depicts a trainmaster who chooses not to avert the disaster, partly in revenge against the regulators); but she does suggest that they had it coming.
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 Cox & Forkum: Ayn Rand Centenary
Ayn Rand provided that defense and many other ideas in her philosophy of Objectivism.
Ayn Rand understood that to defend the individual she must penetrate to the root: his need to use reason to survive.
Ayn Rand left a legacy in defense of reason and freedom that serves as a guidepost for the American spirit -- especially pertinent today when America and what it stands for are under assault.
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 Ayn Rand, Anti-Communism, & the Left
Rand's passionate and moralistic tone, while off-putting to many, is nevertheless probably a real part of her appeal and is no less than an equal and opposite reaction to the self-righteousness that is still characteristic of leftist rhetoric.
Rand also confuses her case with her emphasis on individuals being deliberately "rational." That sets her against the Austrian and Chicago principles of economics that the free market is the means of coordinating limited knowledge, not some place where rationalistic supermen (e.g.
Rand's own seriousness about philosophy, although to her credit, was also a weakness, in that it complicated and ideologized her case for capitalism and gave her followers this heresiological attitude and a standoffishness to other advocates for freedom.
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 All About Ayn Rand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ayn Rand was a provocative and visionary writer crafting unforgettable tales and characters.
Best known as the author of the epic Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand is also the author of The Fountainhead, We The Living and Anthem.
But Ayn Rand was also an influential intellectual, inspiring thousands of people to study and follow her philosophy: Objectivism.
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 Ayn Rand's Contribution to the Cause of Freedom - Mises Institute
Rand always stressed the importance of placing political arguments in a wider philosophical context, insisting that she was "not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism," and "not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason."
Discussion of Rand since her death in 1982 has often focused on her dogmatic tone and personal eccentricities—traits sometimes imitated by her followers, and effectively satirized by Rothbard in his one-act play Mozart Was a Red.
The days when nearly all discussion of Rand was either slavishly adulatory or sneeringly dismissive seem to be passing, and the new century is likely to see a just assessment of Rand's place in the history of philosophy and the cause of liberty.
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 The Rand Transcript
Rand had been exposed to the French language from a very young age, as her mother had insisted, since this would enable her to read many of the classics of modern literature in their original language, including the works of her beloved Victor Hugo.
That this course appears precisely where Rand said it would appear is further confirmation of the quality of her memory, which always impressed her biographer, Barbara Branden (1986) for its "range and exactitude" (13).
In what was probably Rand's final semester at the university, she registered for senior-level seminars in history, the first of which was probably taught by Sergei Rozhdestvensky, who specialized in sixteenth-century landholding and lectured at the university throughout the 1920’s.
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 Philosophers : Ayn Rand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ayn Rand was born in Russia, and came to the US after her education at the University of Stalingrad, in 1926.
Rand was bitterly criticized for not defending many of her views.
Championing forthright egoism, Rand had many of her ideals based in the motto: "To thine own self be true." She felt that rational self-interest was important and integral.
www.trincoll.edu /depts/phil/philo/phils/rand.html   (307 words)

 Ayn Rand
The eldest of three sisters, Ayn Rand was born Alissa Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia, to Fronz and Anna Rosenbaum.
Rand had begun to lose her primary audience, usually young, idealistic adults, to other causes, and her customary argumentativeness in public appearances became less refreshing and more defensive and alienating.
Rand might not have succeeded in achieving the immediate influence of a crusading novelist like Harriet Beecher Stowe, as she had hoped, but her popularity today testifies to an enduring appeal.
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 Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony
Ayn Rand was one of the "friendly" witnesses who cooperated with the committee during the 1947 hearings.
Rand's testimony, like that of the other friendly witnesses, was given just before the debacle of the "Hollywood Ten." She did not testify during either the earlier (1940) or later (1950s) investigations that HUAC conducted about Hollywood.
The philosophy of Ayn Rand, a twentieth-century novelist and philosopher, is known as Objectivism.
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 Reason: Editor's Note: Rand Redux
It's a doubly embarrassing admission: Not only is Rand one of the most important figures in the libertarian movement of which reason is a part, but this magazine's name is an homage to her philosophy, Objectivism, which ascribes a key role to rationality.
Rand also celebrated the individual in a mass age, creating a series of memorable, compelling characters who embodied or emboldened the aspirations of millions in a time of often stultifying conformity, bureaucracy, and routinization.
But as important to Rand's hold on the public imagination is the great gulf between her fictional heroes and the often tawdry, disheartening details of her own biography, especially the cult-like obedience she demanded of her inner circle.
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 Ayn Rand (Hardcover)-Ayn Rand Bookstore
Ayn Rand made a profound impact both as a philosopher who defined a new philosophic system, Objectivism, and as a novelist of penetrating insight and vision.
Jeff Britting was associate producer of the documentary film Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Ayn Rand® is a licensed trademark of the Estate of Ayn Rand and is used by permission.
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 The American Enterprise: Alan Greenspan and Ayn Rand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ayn Rand, by virtue of her philosophical genius, is the supreme arbiter of any issue pertaining to what is rational, moral, or appropriate to man’s life on earth.”
Rand preferred people who were young and (as one member of the Collective remembers) “malleable.” But she cut Greenspan some slack by virtue of his maturity and occupation.
Philosopher John Hospers, who never bought in to all of Rand’s thinking on epistemology and metaphysics but was sufficiently sympathetic with her esthetics, ethics, and politics that he was a frequent guest at Collective gatherings, was expelled instantly in 1962 after he criticized Rand’s address to the American Society for Esthetics, which he had arranged.
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 Ayn Rand [1905-1982] Page on Working Minds
Ayn Rand died of heart failure in New York City on 6 March 1982, and was buried at Valhalla, NY.
Many books by others about Ayn Rand — both for and against her theories — are still being written and published successfully, and her own works sell 300,000 copies each year.
The Ayn Rand Institute continues to spread her ideas and ideals, while the expulsion of several staff members in 1990 resulted in the competing Institute for Objectivist Studies, retitled recently as The Objectivist Center.
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 Great Thinkers: Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) won over millions to the the moral values of individualism and liberty which had fallen out of fashion more than a century ago.
In May 1999, Showtime aired The Passion of Ayn Rand starring Helen Mirren as Rand, Peter Fonda as her husband Frank O'Connor, Eric Stoltz as her principal associate Nathaniel Branden and Judy Delpy as Barbara Branden (both a Rand associate and author of the acclaimed biography on which the movie was based).
Rand's first novel was We the Living (1936), about the struggle to find liberty and love in Russia.
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 A Philosophy for Living on Earth: Essays on Ayn Rand and Objectivism
Ayn Rand's philosophy, which she called Objectivism, is usually thought of as a capitalist creed for use and abuse by entrepreneurs and corporate titans; as an apologia for selfishness of the most boorish kind; as a crass, atheistic materialism; or as a hyper-rational offshoot of Aristotelian logic with strong Nietzschean overtones.
There is a poetry in her thought that is almost universally ignored, a presentation of deeply humanistic possibilities, an empassioned defense of human freedom, a celebration of the sacred fire of individuality and creativity.
There is both good and bad in her art and her ideas; and in my life and my thinking I have striven to learn from that which is positive in the Randian tradition without in the least shrinking from recognition of that which is negative or just plain wrong.
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 The Unofficial Passion of Ayn Rand Movie Homepage
Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden have an affair, with devastating consequences for all involved.
And finally, for those who know nothing of Ayn Rand, there is the sheer drama of the story: a brilliant, world-changing novelist at the center of an intergenerational affair that ultimately destroys love, friendships, and business.
Helen Mirren (Ayn Rand) was nominated for her performance as a Leading Actress in a Movie or Miniseries.
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 Amazon.com: The Fountainhead: Books: Ayn Rand,Leonard Peikoff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ayn Rand's characters come to life as she paints very clear pictures of who they are and what they represent.
Rand begins to formulate her values that altruism is an evil because a society which seeks to achieve this must do so at someone's expense and therefore leads to collectivism.
Rand's philosophy with the prevaling views of the times and get a better sense on what the world was like back then.
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 American Writers: Ayn Rand
The Objectivist philosophy embodied in the book, inspired by Nietzsche, held that all real achievement is the product of individual ability and effort, that laissez-faire capitalism is most congenial to the exercise of talent, and that selfishness is a virtue, altruism a vice.
Rand's reversal of the traditional Judeo-Christian ethic made her a beacon for an avid and self-renewing cult of libertarian-conservative followers.
Rand also wrote a number of nonfiction works expounding her beliefs, including For the New Intellectual (1961) and The Virtue of Selfishness (1964), and edited two journals propounding her ideas, The Objectivist (1962-71) and The Ayn Rand Letter (1971-76).
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 TCNJ Ayn Rand Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
My philosophy, in essence, is 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.
Welcome to the new website of the TCNJ Ayn Rand Society, a student organization at The College of New Jersey.
If you are looking for the The Ayn Rand Society, a professional society affiliated with the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, please click on the link above.
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