Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Myth Versus Reality
Podcast: 20 November 2014
I posted a podcast on "Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Myth Versus Reality" on 20 November 2014. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
What are some common confusions about Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism? In this talk, I briefly survey Ayn Rand's basic principles, then explore six common but false views about her, namely: (1) Ayn Rand was primarily concerned with politics. (2) Ayn Rand was an elitist: she despised everyone except super-high achievers. (3) Ayn Rand's ethics tells people to do whatever the heck they feel like doing. (4) Ayn Rand supported charity: she just thought it should be voluntary. (5) Ayn Rand's advocacy of reason and logic excludes any concern for emotions. (6) Ayn Rand's ideas are compatible with belief in God and Christianity. This talk was given to the Free Minds Film Festival on 8 October 2011.
- Duration: 46:52
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- Why care about the myths about Ayn Rand's ideas
- Ayn Rand's views on politics, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics
- Myth #1: Ayn Rand was primarily concerned with politics
- Myth #2: Ayn Rand was an elitist: she despised everyone except super-high achievers
- Myth #3: Ayn Rand's ethics tells people to do whatever the heck they feel like doing
- Myth #4: Ayn Rand supported charity: she just thought it should be voluntary
- Myth #5: Ayn Rand's advocacy of reason and logic excludes any concern for emotions
- Myth #6: Ayn Rand's ideas are compatible with belief in God and Christianity
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
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