As I wrote this week in Slate with my piece “Ayn Rand vs. the Pygmies,” the Russian-born author believed that rational selfishness was the ultimate expression of human nature.
Because of this Rand insists altruism is a pernicious lie that is directly contrary to biological reality. Therefore, the only way to build a good society was to allow human nature, like capitalism, to remain unfettered by the meddling of a false ideology. Read more at Scientific American.
As I demonstrated in my Slate piece, Ayn Rand was wrong about altruism. But how she arrived at this conclusion is revealing both because it shows her thought process and offers a warning to those who would construct their own political philosophy on the back of an assumed human nature.
Rand doesn’t follow the conventional standards of logic. She has her own distinctive method of arguing. If that method is valid, her moral and political philosophy stands.
More on What Ayn Rand Got Wrong About Human Nature Rand’s philosophy was based on a deficient understanding of human psychology. Posted Mar 17, 2016
Ayn Rand Contra Human Nature represents a major contribution to a critical understanding of Rands so-called Objectivist ideology. Based on extensive research of Rands writings, including her journals and letters, the book demonstrates how Objectivism sprung from Rands romantic and idealistic view of human nature.
The Ayn Rand Lexicon: This mini-encyclopedia of Objectivism is compiled from Ayn Rand’s statements on some 400 topics in philosophy, economics, psychology and history. The key to what you so recklessly call “human nature,” the open secret you live with, yet dread to name, is the fact that man is a being of volitional consciousness
Human beings are social beings whose societies must depend on its members to look beyond their own immediate self-interest in order to function, as Rand herself acknowledged in “The Ayn Rand
Rand characterized Objectivism as «a philosophy for living on earth», grounded in reality, and aimed at defining human nature and the nature of the world in which we live. 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
The Nature of Government, 107 View Full Lexicon Entry is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. When unlimited and unrestricted by individual rights, a government is men’s deadliest enemy.
Aug 19, 2007 · Ayn Rand believed in the individual. She even wrote a book titled «The Virtue of Selfishness.» With the exception of the few people who take responsibility for their actions and are proud of their accomplishments, she felt most people were sheep.
Jun 07, 2018 · Rand’s insistence on the importance of consciously formed articulable knowledge is badly misplaced. Actual knowledge (i.e., the cognitive processes that real human beings use in world of fact) work very different from how Rand imagined — as cognitive scientists have known for decades.
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Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, begins by embracing the basic fact that existence exists. Reality is, and in the quest to live we must discover reality’s nature and learn to act successfully in it. To exist is to be something, to possess a specific identity. This is the Law of Identity: A is A. Facts are facts, independent of any