Gratis e-bok: Ayn Rand: An Introduction

Gratis e-bok – Ayn Rand: An Introduction

Vegard Ottervig Ayn Rand, Objektivismen

En ny innføringsbok på engelsk om Ayn Rand og Objektivismen av Eamonn Butler er nå tilgjengelig gratis på nett.

Ayn Rand: An Introduction er en helt ny innføringsbok om Ayn Rand og Objektivismen som nå er tilgjengelig for gratis nedlasting på Libertarianism.org. Forfatteren av den 200 sider lange boken er Eamonn Butler, direktør i den britiske tankesmien Adam Smith Institute. Butler er utdannet innen økonomi og psykologi, og har en doktorgrad i filosofi. I innledningen til boken takker han de kjente objektivistene Carl Barney, Yaron Brook, Greg Salmieri og Mike Berliner for oppmuntring og støtte under prosjektet.

Boken ser lovende ut i og med at den virker lettlest og logisk strukturert. Kapittelinndelingen er som følger:

  1. Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
  2. Why Ayn Rand Is Important . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
  3. Rand’s Life and Writings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
  4. Timeline of Rand’s Life and Work. . . . . . . . . . . 28
  5. Outline of Rand’s Worldview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
  6. Rand on the Nature of Reality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
  7. How We Understand the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
  8. Rand on Morality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
  9. Politics and Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
  10. Rand on Public Issues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
  11. The Nature and Importance of Art . . . . . . . . . . . 103
  12. Rand’s Novels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
  13. Rand’s Critics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
  14. Quotations by and about Rand . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
  15. Further Reading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

Forlagets beskrivelse:

Few 20th century intellectuals have been as influential—and controversial—as the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand. Her thinking still has a profound impact, particularly on those who come to it through her novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead—with their core messages of individualism, self-worth, and the right to live without the impositions of others.

Although ignored or scorned by some academics, traditionalists, progressives, and public intellectuals, her thought remains a major influence on many of the world’s leading legislators, policy advisers, economists, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Why does Rand’s work remain so influential? Ayn Rand: An Introduction illuminates Rand’s importance, detailing her understanding of reality and human nature, and explores the ongoing fascination with and debates about her conclusions on knowledge, morality, politics, economics, government, public issues, aesthetics, and literature. The book also places these in the context of her life and times, showing how revolutionary they were, and how they have influenced and continue to impact public policy debates.

Ayn Rand: An Introduction kan lastes ned gratis på Libertarianism.org, men du har også muligheten til å blant annet kjøpe den på Amazon.