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Ayn Rand was deeper than you think

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in response to reader comment: Better philosophers than Ayn Rand had some problems with this

Submitted by Harry Binswanger (United States), May 2, 2010 at 22:08

As a professional philosopher, now semi-retired, I have to disagree, most emphatically. Not only did Rand show how to bridge the "is"-"ought" gap (by tracing the epistemic roots of the concept "value"), she presented a new theory of concepts, solving the age-old "problem of universals." That's two profound accomplishments, which alone rank her way above the Vienna Circle, and all philosophers of the last century.

But she did much more. I'm just completing a book, _How We Know_, presenting and extending her ideas on epistemology. Previously, I edited The Ayn Rand Lexicon, published by Meridian, and now available to consult online: www.aynrandlexicon.com Look up a few topics there (concepts, objectivity, free will, values, justice) out of the 400 I culled from her non-fiction writings.

Then, when you're ready, read her Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.


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