Skip to content

OAR

Happy Randsday! Give Yourself A Present This Randsday!

By Harry Binswanger February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand developed and defended Objectivism, a philosophy that advocates “rational selfishness.” To celebrate Randsday, you do something not done on any other holiday: you give yourself a present. Randsday is for getting that longed-for luxury you ordinarily would not buy for yourself. Or for doing that long-postponed, self-pampering activity you cannot seem to fit into your chore-packed schedule. Randsday is for reminding ourselves that pleasure is an actual need, a psychological requirement for a human consciousness. For man, motivation, energy,… Read More »Happy Randsday! Give Yourself A Present This Randsday!

Philosopher Onkar Ghate Corrects Sam Harris Errors on Free Will

Onkar Ghate refutes Sam Harris’ misconceptions about free-will by explaining that free-will is primarily not about the reasons for choosing one’s actions (content), but fundamentally about the choice to think or not (process): to focus one’s mind on grasping reality or not. He then shows how to properly conceptualize the self-evident fact of free-will in a causal universe. Also of interest is Dr. Ghate’s The Objectivist Theory of Free-will. For a systematic presentation of Ayn Rand’s philosophy pick up a copy of Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Watkins on Ari Armstrong’s Account of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist Ethics

[A]chieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. . . . You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Don Watkins has an essay, Atlas Neutered: Ari Armstrong’s Straw Man Attack on Objectivism, that explores some of the confusions in Ari Armstrong’s book What’s Wrong with Ayn Rand’s… Read More »Watkins on Ari Armstrong’s Account of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist Ethics

The Sures on Ayn Rand and Immigration

An excerpt from Chapter 5 of Ayn Rand Answers: ARI: Can you give a specific example of when she responded angrily to a question? MARY ANN: Someone asked her for her views on immigration, if she thought it was a good thing. And she got indignant immediately at the very idea that anyone might be opposed to immigration, that a country might not let immigrants in. One of the things she said in her answer was, “Where would I be today if America closed its doors to immigrants?” That really hit home; I’m sure everyone there realized that she would… Read More »The Sures on Ayn Rand and Immigration

Objectivism’s Approach to Happiness (12 videos)

Onkar Ghate and Tara Smith join Dave Rubin to discuss the virtue of selfishness. This is the first in a series looking at Objectivism’s approach to Happiness. The full list of topics covered in Objectivism on Happiness (Rubin Report episode list): Why Is Selfishness a Virtue? Do We Have Free Will? Tribalism vs. Enlightenment Culture Creating a Life Worth Living Grounding Morality in Facts Taking Your Happiness Seriously How to Fill Your Life with Meaning Truth, Objectivity and Self-Interest Why Ayn Rand Matters The Psychology of Happiness A Philosophy of Success Making Sense of Today’s Political Culture You can view… Read More »Objectivism’s Approach to Happiness (12 videos)

What Michael Caine Knows About … Ayn Rand

From This much I know: Michael Caine, actor, 76, London | Life and style | The Guardian: The book I return to is Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. My first daughter was named after its heroine, Dominique Francon.

The Rand Index: Standards to Judge the Spread of Objectivism

By Scott A. McConnell Every business, organization and movement needs criteria or standards to judge if it is succeeding or failing. The Objectivist movement is no different, but it is harder to determine the growth of Objectivism because it is an ideological movement whose purpose is to spread a specific body of ideas to change a culture. Such change is very hard to achieve and to judge, even to observe. It’s hard to capture ideas in action, especially across a whole culture. But it needs to be done. Every movement or cause needs clear evidence if it is succeeding. First,… Read More »The Rand Index: Standards to Judge the Spread of Objectivism

Our First Times Reading Atlas Shrugged

This video is a wonderful discussion between two Ayn Rand scholars — professors Ben Bayer and Greg Salmeiri — each warmly reminiscing about the first time they read Ayn Rand’s epic novel, Atlas Shrugged. The video is to kick off the launch of The Atlas Shrugged Project — an eight-month, chapter-by-chapter, online discussion of Ayn Rand’s bestselling novel, Atlas Shrugged. To facilitate the discussion, ARI will host a weekly interactive broadcast on Facebook Live led by experienced teachers to help readers explore the intricate plot and abstract themes of Rand’s most philosophical novel. CONNECT TO THE ATLAS PROJECT ON FACEBOOK… Read More »Our First Times Reading Atlas Shrugged

The Atlas Shrugged Project: A Grand Esthetic Experience

The Ayn Rand Institute invites everyone to join The Atlas Project, an eight-month, chapter-by-chapter, online discussion of Atlas Shrugged. To facilitate the discussion, ARI will host a weekly interactive broadcast on Facebook Live led by experienced teachers to help readers explore the intricate plot and abstract themes of Rand’s most philosophical novel.  

Pin It on Pinterest