Who Needs It

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451138934
  • 320 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal. Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.

Table of Contents

1. Philosophy: Who Needs It
2. Philosophical Detection
3. The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made
4. The Missing Link
5. Selfishness Without a Self
6. An Open Letter to Boris Spassky
7. Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World
8. From the Horse’s Mouth
9. Kant Versus Sullivan
10. Causality Versus Duty
11. An Untitled Letter
12. Egalitarianism and Inflation
13. The Stimulus and the Response
14. The Establishing of an Establishment
15. Censorship: Local and Express
16. Fairness Doctrine for Education
17. What Can One Do?
18. Don’t Let It Go