Buying an Evildoer's Book
Webcast Q&A: 27 February 2011, Question 5
I answered a question on buying an evildoer's book for Philosophy in Action Radio on 27 February 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Would you recommend buying Nathaniel Branden's Vision of Ayn Rand or not? Given Nathaniel Branden's history of dishonest attacks on Ayn Rand and Objectivism, would you recommend that anyone buy this book? (It's the book version of his "Basic Principles of Objectivism" course.) I've thought about buying it, but I don't want to support that man in any way.
My Answer, In Brief: You should not give moral sanction to an evildoer's book, recommend it without qualifications, or give the evildoer a platform. However, if the book would be of value to you, then you ought to buy it.
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