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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Second Renaissance Pr (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156114147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561141470
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael "MG" Gilson on December 27, 1999
Begun as her health deteriorated, Rand seeks to demonstrate in these intriguing letters how philosophy determines even minute seeming events--and how the apparently most unphilosophical matters soon reveal an underlying philosophy after a hard look. Insightful, entertaining, she proceeds as the philosopher on the mountain seeing lush valleys beyond, who leads us to understand the ideological mechanics of the decadent world about her. Some essays, such as her classic "review of a review" of John Rawls 'Theory of Justice'(where she outlined how incestuous academic cottage industries got started and soon acquired a life of there own) actually demonstrate her method by appearing rather nutty too many at the time--but sardonically prescient today. This is a very good education on how to see and seek the deeper truth of events critical to real intellectual analysis, whether you like Rand or not.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on November 5, 2007
The Ayn Rand Letter was published by Ayn Rand from 1971-1976. These were difficult times for Rand, both personally and professionally.

While Rand remained to a fair extent the forceful writer she had always been, it's not hard to detect a decline in her abilities. In addition, part of the problem might have been cultural rot which she saw enveloping society (and which was, by her own admission, a factor in her closing the Letter in 1976). The period covered by these issues was a depressing time in American history and these essays are suffused by the cultural pessimism of the era. Many of the essays concern the Vietnam War, the 1972 election and Watergate. (If that doesn't cheer you up, the Letter contains excerpts from Leonard Peikoff's THE OMINOUS PARALLELS, which wasn't published until 1982.) Rand is often provocative, but at times she becomes a caricature of her earlier self, endlessly quoting the New York Times and citing ATLAS SHRUGGED as if it were the Bible.

Few of the essays contained here are considered seminal by Rand scholars. The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made" is fairly important. There is also "The Missing Link," a rather strange rumination on human evolution. Yet it's hard to find any essays on the level of "The Objectivist Ethics" or "The Nature of Government."
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