Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary by Edward W. Younkins

By Edward W. Younkins

Considering that its book in 1957 "Atlas Shrugged", the philosophical and creative climax of Ayn Rand's novels, hasn't ever been out of print and has bought huge, immense severe cognizance changing into essentially the most influential books ever released, impacting on numerous disciplines together with philosophy, literature, economics, enterprise, and political technology between others. greater than a good novel, "Atlas Shrugged" is an summary conceptual, and symbolic paintings that expounds an intensive philosophy, offering a view of guy and man's dating to lifestyles and manifesting the necessities of a whole philosophical method - metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the 50th yr of "Atlas Shrugged's" e-book, this spouse is an exploration of this enormous paintings of literature. Contributions were specifically commissioned from a range of eminent students who appreciate and feature been inspired through the publication, the integrated essays interpreting the novel's integrating parts of topic, plot and characterization from many views and from numerous degrees of which means.

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The key events are shown to the reader as if they were occurring before his eyes. , Eddie Willers thinking back to his childhood) to convey important information. Less critical information is simply narrated (145–60). Rand applies her inductive theory of concept formation in writing Atlas Shrugged, as well as in her other works of fiction. Rand projects important abstractions dealing with values, virtues, emotions, and so on in specific concrete actions. She first presents a “visual description by means of essentials and then the symbolic and philosophic meaning of that description” (127).

Rand had always seen the plot of a novel, its story, as a structured totality: “A STORY IS AN END IN ITSELF,” she wrote to one correspondent. ” (Letter to Gerald Loeb, 5 August 1944, in Rand 1995, 157). And so, it is no coincidence that Atlas Shrugged itself is a superbly integrated “organic whole,” one that fused action, adventure and sensuality with philosophy, contemplation and spirituality, incorporating elements of science fiction and fantasy, symbolism and realism. It launched a philosophical movement that has been nothing less than revolutionary in its implications.

It was this sharp insight that led Rand to reject both conservatives (the “mystics of spirit”) and “liberals” (the “mystics of muscle”), each of whom wished to regulate and control those social relations that they believed were metaphysically important (“Censorship: Local and Express,” in Rand 1982, 228–9). John Galt’s sixty-page speech abounds with the principles of integration at the heart of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, while standing as a firm rebuke against those who would fracture human existence.

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