Ayn Rand My philosophy, in essence, 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. — Ayn Rand, Appendix to Atlas Shrugged. Biography Philosophy
Ayn RandMy philosophy, in essence, 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. — Ayn Rand, Appendix to Atlas Shrugged
Why would a family like Ayn Rand’s with a small business be a target when communism became the governmental system in Russia?
Why would free expression be prohibited under communism?
What conclusions can we reach about how Ayn Rand felt about the fundamental principles of communism as a result of her background?
_________ vs. ______________
Ayn Rand distinguished herself from other anti-collectivists by her position that it was not only an offense to human rights, it just wouldn’t, and didn’t, work.
Written in 1937, published in 1938
It is a story of the individual's struggle against collectivism, against the idea that society has the right to direct each person's life for the benefit of all. Rand's story carries the collectivist program to its logical conclusion: a society in which people are simply numbered units, __________________________________________________________________________________________
-- Stephen Cox, Anthem: An Appreciation
Main Character: Equality 7-2521
Primary Conflicts: Man vs. Self and Man vs. Society
The name of the novel’s hero is satirical: nothing is more democratic than the idea of equality, yet in the book, Rand is illustrating his story as anything but democratic. Rather it is a commentary on true collectivism.
In your composition notebook, respond to the following:
Based on what you now know about Ayn Rand, her philosophies, and the basic premise of Anthem, how would Rand respond to the question: How can the power of my brain change the world?