The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand

  title={The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn Rand},
  author={Nathaniel Branden},
  journal={Journal of Humanistic Psychology},
  pages={39 - 64}
  • Nathaniel Branden
  • Published 1 October 1984
  • Art, Philosophy
  • Journal of Humanistic Psychology
For eighteen years I was a close associate of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand whose books, notably The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrrugged, inspired a philosophical movement known as objectivism. This philosophy places its central emphasis on reason, individualism, enlightened self-interest, political freedom-and a heroic vision of life's possibilities. Following an explosive parting of the ways with Ayn Rand in 1968, I have been asked many times about the nature of our differences. This article is… 

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