Monday 15 May 2017

…Whatever one thinks of Ayn Rand, her Romantic Manifesto made this point brilliantly in regard the degeneration of the arts. Another indicator of the social engineering aspect…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 15 May 2017
Friday 28 April 2017

…I booked a private telephone consultation with an Objectivist philosopher (associated now with the Ayn Rand Institute) on reading The Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand’s classic non-fiction work on aesthetics. At…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 28 Apr 2017
Sunday 12 March 2017

…At times, Ayn Rand permitted herself to write of Romanticism with a terrible yearning redeemed only by her fighting spirit. In the introduction to The Romantic…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 12 Mar 2017
Saturday 26 November 2016
Dan King, Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY)

…they espouse in their books.  The late Ayn Rand is one such writer. She is perhaps the best known thinker of libertarian ideas. Her novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are grounded…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2016
Friday 11 November 2016
Stephen R. C. Hicks, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

…became a passionate advocate of her philosophy, Objectivism. Rand’s philosophy is in the Aristotelian tradition, with that tradition’s emphasis upon metaphysical naturalism, empirical reason in epistemology…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Nov 2016
Sunday 25 September 2016
Jeff Riggenbach, Libertarianism

…October 1977 Atlas Shrugged “offers the world in a nutshell and sketches an instruction booklet for those interested in making their own nutshells.” Ayn Rand’s Atlas…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Sep 2016
Saturday 24 September 2016

…will have elapsed since the first publication of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The reason I did not read the book until two years later is that I made the mistake of reading the critics before…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Sep 2016
Thursday 18 February 2016
Ashlee Burke, LA Music Blog

In reading his tweets, I couldn’t help but be reminded of The Romantic Manifesto, controversial author Ayn Rand’s collection of essays regarding the nature of art. I began to wonder if West isn’t so much an egotistical rapper as he is just an artist who will do anything to create the art he wants to create. In other words, a romantic.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Feb 2016
Tuesday 27 October 2015
Sean Haylock, Crisis Magazine

…vis-à-vis that grim goddess of laissez-faire, Ayn Rand. Many people will know her as a novelist. I must confess at the outset that I have never read any of her novels, so my comments here won’t…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Oct 2015
Wednesday 29 July 2015
Vinay Kolhatkar, The Savvy Street

All narratives express a philosophical worldview since the author must select the subject, the context, the events, and draw the characters and express their choices. Whether implicitly or overtly, a novelist cannot but express a philosophical position, so the question is redundant.

Enter Ayn Rand, probably the most famous formal philosopher who chose to express her worldview quite overtly within a narrative form. Rand had perceived the issue which the New York Times quotes as, “Philosophy is written for the few; literature for the many.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2015
Wednesday 08 July 2015
Ronald Pisaturo, The Federalist

If a person truly believes his own sexual orientation is good for him, then identifying his ideas and values consistent with his orientation can only bring him further good. In “The Romantic Manifesto,” Ayn Rand writes, “When love is a conscious integration of reason and emotion, of mind and values, then—and only then—it is the greatest reward of man’s life.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Jul 2015
Tuesday 26 May 2015
Siobhan Lyons, Philosophy Now

Many thinkers have for instance noted that the movement of Romanticism did not completely die. For instance, in Contributions to Philosophy (1936), Martin Heidegger wrote “Romanticism has not yet come to its end” (p.349). In The Romantic Manifesto (1962), Ayn Rand argued that “Some remnants of Romanticism may still be found in the popular media – but in such a mangled, disfigured form that they achieve the opposite of Romanticism’s original purpose… The last remnants of Romanticism are sneaking apologetically on the outskirts of our culture, wearing the masks of a plastic surgery operation which has been partially successful.” (p.85).

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 26 May 2015