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This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create.

One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy—and ethic of rational self-interest—that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. The fundamentals of this morality—"a philosophy for living on Earth"—are here vibrantly set forth by the spokesman for a new class, For the New Intellectual.

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Every book by Ayn Rand published in her lifetime is still in print, and hundreds of thousands of copies are sold each year, so far totalling more than twenty million. Several new volumes have been published posthumously. Her vision of man and her philosophy for living on earth have changed the lives of thousands of readers and launched a philosophic movement with a growing impact on American culture.


 
 

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A manifesto against nihilsm and wake up call for the brain. 16 février 1997
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Let it be known that For The New Intellectual is a book dense with psychological insights and eye opening rational objectivism. This reader was awed by Ayn Rand's crisp writing, and cutting wit. Liberals will be immediately offended, but for those without philosophical bias, Rand is difficult to dismiss.
The book includes the essay, "For the New Intellectual" as well as excerpts from We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and many speaches from Atlas Shrugged. The beginning essay is more than worth the price of admission, while the excerpts gave this first time Rand reader a good sense of where to turn next.
Ayn Rand's philosophy is truly life affirming and hard with truth. Truth hurts sometimes, and Rand is not easy answers for idle minds. Rather, her philosophy dares to look starkly at where man's moral code has come and where it has led us. Ayn Rand seperates herself from all other thinkers that I've experienced because of her perspective as a 20th Century American. While many of her ideas find their root in Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy, she stands alone-- offering a positive solution for mankind. She absolutely asserts that man is the end in himself, and that his happiness on earth is his proper goal.
For the New Intellectual is both a slap in the face and fire in one's pants. Some will answer Ayn Rand's call for a new moral code and meaning to life, and as she says of the others, "leave them to heaven."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great new perspective of dominant ideologies 14 mars 2004
Par Eric Kassan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The first half of For the New Intellectual is a detailed non-fiction essay explaining past and current ideologies in terms of "mystics of muscle", aka "Attilas", and "mystics of the mind", aka "witch doctors". These basically translate into those who want to control what people *do* such as dictators, and those who want to control what people *believe* such as religious leaders. The essay goes into detail explaining their dependency on both each other and their victims. Perhaps most importantly it explains how not to be a victim.
The second half of the book illustrates many of the principles described in the first half through excerpts from Ayn Rand's fictional works We The Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged. WARNING: There are plot spoilers in the excerpts.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Maybe you are disgusted by the fact... 24 janvier 2000
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After I had read For the the Intellectual, I found myself craving to find more knowledge of her philosophy, I saw in a winderfully flowing style the actual points of Ayn Rand's philosophy. Unlike many of those who read this book(probably only the portions they needed to convince themselves of this Author's psychosis) and posted their reviews, I was not revolted by these words. I have seen these things around me all my life, and if Ayn Rand had not published her philosophy, I surely would have published something very similar eventually. It seems to me that the people who are turned away by this book are the people that take the most benefit from the current moral scheme. The people who are the fanatic crazy types about this philosophy are the one's who have been drained of their entire essence and wish to unlock their inner capabilities. If you wish to simply be able to live fully, fully for yourself, and wish to use YOUR potential to the fullest extent, then I suggest you read this stunning piece of work. And please take not that it is philosophy, and not an exact account of history
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rand: Yes, This Particular Book: No. 21 septembre 2004
Par CrazyHorse - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I hold Ayn Rand in high esteem although I don't care for most of her fan club (and her critics). It appears to me that many of the negative reviews were made by people who are determined to convince others not to read Rand. Why? It is because they want to distort her views without being challenged, so that they may articulate some uninspiring inanities. Why don't they encourage others to read Rand even though you disagree with her? After all, no one is going to appreciate their criticisms unless they knew what Ayn Rand said in her own words. It appears that some want us to believe that Rand was wacky on faith or their assumed authority. I say read Rand and also her critics (the intelligent and principled ones).

Anyhow, I generally shy away from fiction so this particular book was not to my taste. It mostly contained recycled material with a new cover. I like the title of the book though. I would refer interested parties to her other titles.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Bit of Objectivity in the Midst of all this Biased Vitriol 9 novembre 2000
Par Mark Piske - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Given the absurdly slanted reviews I've seen here, I thought I'd try to give a bit more of an, er, objective account. And since the book is sort of a sampler of all Rand's work, a bit of broad background is in order.
What Ayn Rand's critics say about her personally is mostly on the mark. She was a hypocritical megalomaniac, tolerated independent thought only insofar as it agreed with her, was far too quick to levy personal attacks rather than substantive rebuttals to opponent's arguments, and often engaged in scholarship that was less than, um, scholarly, for the sake of expediency.
Unfortunately none of this excuses Rand's critics for making the same mistake with regard to her. Too often her arguments are ignored in lieu of her personal peccadilloes, and while Rand's claim to perfection (more or less) might excuse a bit more enthusiasm in pointing out her errors, it doesn't excuse writing her off entirely. This is classic ad hominem argumentation, the sort of thing that would have us write off "In Principia" because Newton wasted forests of paper writing about alchemy and believed in biblical inerrancy.
As a result, much of what Rand's critics say about her philosophy, and those who view it with some value, is NOT on the mark. While it is true that some of Rand's followers act as if every body expulsion of hers carries philosophical significance, the vast majority of people simply see some value in Rand's writings while recognizing that she makes mistakes like everyone else. Her writings on sex are best used for kindling, but her unique and insightful views on the symbolism in the Garden of Eden myth, and the purpose and value of money (all included in FTNI), alone make her a benefactor to the history of human thought.
The claim that Rand mostly appeals to high school students is so baseless and preposterous it is difficult to take seriously. One would be hard pressed to find one high school student in a thousand that even knows who Rand is, much less having read and understood what she had to say. No, Rand appeals mostly to people who are fed up with the gooey postmodern movement in society that has us being asked to promote feelings over facts (see any liberal response to anti-gun control arguments), and pretending that changing the name of a condition changes the condition (see any PC verbiage).
The problem with most of the criticism that actually bothers to deal with Rand's arguments is that her arguments are often misunderstood, and this is partially Rand's fault. She used language very precisely and somewhat idiosyncratically, at least when viewed from the knee-jerk view of the layman. From my POV she used words as they should be used, and that such semantic battles are crucial to promoting a change in the way people think. But when one uses words in a minority way, one must expect to be misunderstood unless one is willing to put forth considerable effort to contextualize what one says, and Rand too often failed to do this. Thus when she said something like "man cannot exist sans rationality", a previous reviewer can be forgiven for thinking that she meant no person can remain alive via faith, and therefore she has been refuted. However this isn't at all what she meant. What she was getting at is that rationality is the tool via which mankind acquires what it needs to function as human beings should, a far more complex proposition, and one that requires much background to understand. But without that background, one could easily erroneously, but understandably, conclude that Rand's writings are "pseudointellectual".
The bottom line is that Rand promotes some highly intriguing ideas backed by quite a bit of thought. Where else will one see the producer placed on a higher rung than the giver? Who can totally blow off the motivation of socialism in those who simply want to gain at the loss of those they consider "rich"? Anyone who reads this or any Rand writing for the first time and claims to be unmoved intellectually is kidding himself. A prime example would be those who are religious and see no similarity between them, and their leaders, to Rand's "witch doctor" persona. They simply haven't forced themselves to think past the pious-babble that accompanies most religious thought, for it rarely takes me more than 5 minutes of questioning a believer to get them to practically quote Rand's "witch doctor" persona. It's tough to read about Attila and the Witch Doctor and NOT think of the Roman empire and the history of the papacy.
Which brings me to Rand's historical errors. Most of those I've seen fall into the true-but-irrelevant category a la Bluto's famous "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor" quote in animal house - her fact was a bit off, but the point made still holds. Some Gore fans might be able to relate to this. Just because the fact you present as evidence for your view is false doesn't make your view false. It only makes it unsupported, but too often Rand's critics stop there and dismiss her.
So, all in all, 3 stars. It is after all, only a sampler, but it is guaranteed to get you to think about issues in a way you never have. For the real meat, read Atlas Shrugged, which along with 1984 and Brave New World, will pretty much give you a complete understanding of everything that goes on in modern society and politics.
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