- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765800608
- ISBN-13: 978-0765800602
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,993,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand: Truth and Toleration in Objectivism 1st Edition
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"The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand represents a precious contribution to the literature of reason." -- Roderick T. Long, Professor of Philosophy, Auburn University
"His arguments are bold yet fair; sophisticated yet fully accessible. They are a very significant contribution to Objectivist thought." -- Stephen Cox, Professor of Literature University of California at San Diego --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Kelley is the executive director of the Objectivist Center. Educated at Princeton University, earlier in his career he taught philosophy at Brandeis University and Vassar College. He has written widely on the subject of libertarianism including The Evidence of the Senses; The Art of Reasoning; and is co-author of The Logical Structure of Objectivism.
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including index and notes. It is very understandable and the prose is excellent.
For me it was a high watermark on how civilized people
should respond to hostile, abusive, verbal and written attacks. To me it's not
only important that people learn how to agree, but that they also learn how
to disagree - AND remain civilized human beings. The author comes across
as being both intellectually, as well as, emotionally mature.
This is a book without rancour. It is a book in which someone can ruthlessly
assault Dr. Kelley's character and then call his followers, "snarling wimps,"
and the author does not return with a like volley of malevolence. Instead, he
searches for underlying principles and truth.
One would think that such vicious attacks would come from the enemies of
Objectivism, not from its guardians and supporters!
But in this book, Kelley addressed the issues of Moral Judgment, Sanction, Toleration and the nature of Closed/Open Philosophical Systems in such a carefully reasoned way that it has given me a desire to renew my interest in Objectivism. As an Open System, Objectivism can grow and flourish, and is worth investing Time and Rational Effort on. And with the immergence of the Objectivist Center, and other Objectivist organizations independent from Peikoff's Orthodoxy, I believe the Movement is headed in the right direction. If Objectivism remains a Closed System under Peikoff's stewardship (his "Tribal Leadership"), then it is not worthy of any additional expenditure of time, money or energy.<P...
However, this attempt to stifle or disqualify any critical commentary on Ayn Rand's remarkable contributions to philosophy is doomed to failure, as has been repeatedly demonstrated in the history of ideological movements. The early followers of Saint-Simon, Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud (to name a few examples) all tried to limit or disqualify any criticism or revision of their founders, but to no avail. In fact, such attempts inevitably lead to even more criticism, more revisions and additions, and the proliferation of schools of thought, all claiming that only they have found the "true" interpretation of what the original philosopher "really" meant.
Sadly, the ARI people just don't get it. I guess we will just have to let history teach them. For everyone else who has read Ayn Rand and are looking for a deeper understanding of her ideas and their implications, I suggest that they read this revealing book by David Kelley (-AND Nathaniel and Barbara Branden, AND the Objectivist Center/Atlas Society authors, AND Leonard Peikoff and other ARI authors, among others) and then, judge for yourself as to who is more true to Ayn Rand's vision of reason and individualism.
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