Objectivism

The Non-fiction

randayn-ff-150px“Ayn Rand.” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2001.

“Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand” [pdf]. Published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 10:2, Spring 2009, 249-291. Audiobook version.

“Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics” [pdf]. Originally published in The Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy 3:1 (Winter 2003), pp. 1-26.
Abstract: Most traditional systems of business ethics hold that business is essentially amoral or immoral. Such systems share a common assumption: that conflicts of interest—either because of scarce resources or innate human badness or sin — are basic to the human condition. That assumption of fundamental conflict is rejected in Ayn Rand’s system of ethics. Rand’s system, by contrast, emphasizes the power of human reason to shape one’s character and beliefs, and it makes fundamental reason’s power to develop new resources and cultivate win-win social relationships. In this essay, Stephen Hicks applies Rand’s radical ethical perspective to key issues in business ethics and contrasts it to those perspectives based on the assumption of the amorality or immorality of business.
Also available online at the Social Science Research Network, in Kindle e-book format, and in a monograph edition from Amazon.com. Translations: Korean, German, Serbo-Croatian, and Portuguese.

part-12-cropped“Objectivism and Philosophy of Education.” My 2.5 hour video lecture on Objectivism, including its relation to Montessori education. The lecture is Part 12 of my Philosophy of Education course.

Review of Tara Smith’s Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics [PDF]. Published in Philosophy in Review, October 2007. Audio version of the review in MP3 format or at YouTube.

AR-JAG-2016-lgReview of Donna Greiner and Theodore Kinni’s Ayn Rand and Business. The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 4:2, Spring 2003.

Review of Ronald Merrill’s The Ideas of Ayn Rand [PDF]. IOS Journal, 1992. (Disclaimer: I didn’t choose the title for this review of Merrill’s good-but-not-great book.)

Review of Carlin Romano’s America the Philosophical (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). Reason Papers 34:2, October 2012.

Review of Allan Gotthelf and James G. Lennox’s Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, November 2013.

nietzsche_50x57Nietzsche and Objectivism. Spring 2000 online course archived at The Objectivist Center.

Nietzsche and Rand: 96 Similarities and Differences.

Video lecture: “Public Policy, Objectivism, and Entrepreneurship.” Atlas Summit, Washington, D.C., 2012.

Hayek and Rand on Reason, A.P.E.E., 2010.

Movement in-fighting and schisms [Neo-Kantians, Freudians, and Rand’s comments on Frank Lloyd Wright’s circle.]

The Fiction

Roark and Keating: First meetings. And The Fountainhead (Introduction to Philosophy this week).

Toohey’s five strategies of altruism.

Gail Wynand’s power strategy. Part 2 forthcoming.

Gordon Prescott: Heidegger’s disciple?

Marcel Duchamp and Lillian Rearden.
Jane Addams and Ellsworth Toohey.

John Jermyn and Ken Danagger.

atlas-deco Atlas Shrugged is really a documentary, datum #217.

Return to the StephenHicks.org main page.

15 thoughts on “Objectivism

  • September 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm
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    Yes, like many great thinkers, Rand is a polarizing figure. It’s always only those committed to truth and willing to do the work it requires who will take on the challenges the great thinkers pose.

  • October 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    Hello Professor,

    I have just finished reading your excellent work ‘Explaining Post-Modernism’. In your concluding paragraph, you make the statement (to paraphrase) that the weakness of the Enlightenment is that it has yet to be fully articulated and defended. Seeing that Rand seemingly predicted correctly that the philosophy of Kant would eventually lead to the intellectual (and perhaps political/ethical) climate we have today, where do you see the failings in her attempted defense and articulation in the primacy of Reason/Truth?

  • October 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm
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    Hi Troy:
    Thanks for your comment on EP — I’m glad it was useful to you.
    About Rand’s contributions: “failings” isn’t the right word here, I think. Instead it’s that while she wrote powerfully in general terms about reason and one great introductory treatise on concept-formation, there’s much more to be done about perception, propositions, narrative and theory-construction, logic, the foundations of mathematics, and scientific method.

  • January 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm
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    Dear Stephen,

    I am in the process of trying to obtain the pamphlets: Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics & Free Speech & Postmodernism. Amazon is charging a lot for postage to Scotland. I am wondering if I may purchase them from yourself directly by PayPal.

    Thank you for your inspirational philosophy, talks, and contributions to the world of thinking. As a Scottish Biomedical Sciences student, I am hellishly preoccupied with the notion that perhaps my gut feelings of what is right and wrong can finally be substantiated by much of your work. I don’t really know where the saying, ‘knowledge is power’ came from, but I believe it to be true. And I think the formula for life as I knew it is not understood enough so much that it is safe from the social deconstructionists, so I believe you have helped raise awareness of how we can appreciate who we are, what we have to do to maintain some values and understand societal trajectories before the boat hits the iceberg so to speak. The knowledge you provide will provide strength to understanding human nature and hopefully help us steer away from bad directions.

    I wish you a very happy and successful new year.

    Best wishes,

    Iain Stewart 23
    (Undergrad at University of Dundee)

  • January 28, 2018 at 7:27 am
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    Dear Dr Hicks,
    I was referred to you by David Kelley. I reached out to The Atlas Society concerning the findings of a personal 6 year experiment to explore ways to introduce principles of Kaizen, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing, into the governing of our nation. Lean Government…CRAZY…I know, yet during the project there were many unexpected breakthroughs that I now have in a book nearing completion, which proposes a bold plan to achieve good government. I know you must be busy, but can we talk? It appears to me that we have a lot of common interests, and I need an Objectivist’s opinion. I feel your background makes you uniquely qualified to judge these concepts. Can you help?
    Sincerely,
    Greg Orth

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