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Historical Event, Sat 1 Dec 2018

Heroic Individualism: Ayn Rand’s Objectivism

Heroic Individualism: Ayn Rand’s Objectivism

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LEEDS SALON HOSTS ITS ANNUAL SERIES OF TALKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TETLEY. IN THIS THIRD TALK LOOKING AT THREE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL 19TH & 20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHERS, York St John's Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos looks at the continuing influence of Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher, best known for her novels _The Fountainhead_ and _Atlas Shrugged,_ and for developing her philosophical system of Objectivism. For Rand, the essence of Objectivism is “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute”.

Rand was a radical individualist, who extolled laissez-faire capitalism and “rational selfishness”, and fiercely opposed any form of statism or collectivism. As such, she has long been popular among parts of conservative and libertarian circles, inspiring many political, public and business figures, including Uber’s co-founder Peter Kalanick, US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as prominent UK Conservatives, such as Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.

However, Rand has also been widely criticised, and even reviled. Her novels have been described as “vulgar and unbelievable” and “pseudo-philosophy”. Gore Vidal considered her viewpoint “nearly perfect in its immorality”. Academia ignores her. And the Left loves to hate her. Yet, today, her influence seems stronger than ever – even the children’s animated superhero movie, _The Incredibles_, has been criticised for promoting Randian philosophy.

So, who was Ayn Rand and why does she remain so influential and controversial?

NIKOS SOTIRAKOPOULOS is a lecturer in sociology [https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/schools/psychological--social-sciences/staff-profiles/dr-nikos-sotirakopoulos/] at York St John University, at the School of Psychological and Social Sciences, and since 2017 has been an academic adviser for the Ayn Rand Centre.

For fuller biography, readings and the other two talks in the series visit The Leeds Salon website.

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Sat 1 Dec 2018 15:00 to 16:45

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ADMISSION: £5 waged / £4 unwaged (cash only) to pay on the door to the 2nd floor City Workshop. But please reserve your place by e-mailing us at contact@leedssalon.org.uk

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