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Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement (Part 2)

Part 1 of this essay is available here. If there is one point on which all philosophic schools of the last two hundred years agree, it is that no rational foundation for morality is possible. Limiting reason to syllogistic deduction, ignoring the. . .

Can Selfishness Be a Moral Ideal?

To understand why Ayn Rand’s ethics of selfishness inspires millions of readers, we need to get beyond the popular conception of what selfishness involves.

Church-State Separation: A Principle, Not a “Wall” (Part 1)

Does the First Amendment separate church and state? Thomas Jefferson thought so. In a letter written early in his presidency, Jefferson famously described the First Amendment to the US Constitution as “building a wall of separation between Church. . .

Slicing Into the Gay Wedding Cake Case

In 2012, a Christian baker in Denver refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. He saw it as an exercise of his religious freedom. They saw it as a violation of their civil rights. The couple filed a complaint under Colorado’s anti. . .

Voting in the American System of Government

From the Editors: In our ongoing series spotlighting A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand, we are pleased to publish the chapter contributed by philosopher Gregory Salmieri, “On the Role of Voting in the American System of. . .

Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement (Part 4)

Continued from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In Galt’s Speech, Ayn Rand indicated her place in the history of philosophy: “Centuries ago, the man who was — no matter what his errors — the greatest of your philosophers [Aristotle], has stated the. . .

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Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism.

About The Ayn Rand Institute is the official website of the Ayn Rand Institute, the source for information on the life, writings and work of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand.

Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, ARI offers educational experiences, based on Ayn Rand’s books and ideas, for a variety of audiences, including students, educators, policymakers and lifelong learners. ARI also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism.

ARI is composed of a dedicated Board of Directors and an energetic staff of more than 35 people. We invite you to explore how Ayn Rand viewed the world – and to consider the distinctive insights offered by ARI’s thought leaders today.