Ayn Rand

(1905—1982) Russian-born American writer and philosopher

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Russian-born novelist whose extreme and simplistic views give her a following on the political right. Her philosophy of ‘objectivism’ is in fact simple egoism, a doctrine widely thought untenable (see Butler, Joseph; prisoners' dilemma). Politically she could see nothing but good in unfettered capitalism.

Subjects: Literature — Philosophy.

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