Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary by Edward W. Younkins

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Considering its booklet in 1957 "Atlas Shrugged", the philosophical and inventive climax of Ayn Rand's novels, hasn't ever been out of print and has obtained huge, immense severe consciousness turning into the most influential books ever released, impacting on quite a few disciplines together with philosophy, literature, economics, enterprise, and political technological know-how between others. greater than a good novel, "Atlas Shrugged" is an summary conceptual, and symbolic paintings that expounds an intensive philosophy, proposing a view of guy and man's courting to life and manifesting the necessities of a complete philosophical procedure - metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the 50th yr of "Atlas Shrugged's" booklet, this better half is an exploration of this huge paintings of literature. Contributions were especially commissioned from a variety of eminent students who recognize and feature been prompted by way of the ebook, the integrated essays examining the novel's integrating parts of subject matter, plot and characterization from many views and from numerous degrees of which means.

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Rand’s radical legacy, as presented in Atlas Shrugged, led her, in later years, to question the fundamentals at work in virtually every social problem she analyzed. She viewed each problem through multidimensional lenses, rejecting all one-sided resolutions as partial and Manifesto for a New Radicalism 31 incomplete. Hers was a comprehensive revolution that encompassed all levels of social relations: “Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries” (Rand 1961, 25).

Rather, the existence of a thing is fully expressed through whatever it is that constitutes its nature or identity. Each thing’s nature or identity is the ultimate source or ground for understanding how it came to be, what it is, and how it continues to operate and exist. Unlocking the secrets of a thing’s nature may not, of course, be immediate or easy. Indeed, we know that it is quite often extremely involved, but the ultimate answer to all whyquestions is nonetheless a “what”—that is, the nature or identity of a thing.

John Galt’s sixty-page speech abounds with the principles of integration at the heart of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, while standing as a firm rebuke against those who would fracture human existence. In her notes while writing the speech, Rand (1997, 661–2) declared: You had set every part of you to betray every other, you believed that your career bears no relation to your sex life, that your politics bear no relation to the choice of your friends, that your values bear no relation to your pleasures, and your heart bears no relation to your brain—you had chopped yourself into pieces which you struggled never to connect—but you see no reason why your life is in ruins and why you’ve lost the desire to live?

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