The Tetley

Leeds Salon Talks – Heroic Individualism: Ayn Rand’s Objectivism

Saturday 1 December, 3pm, £5

This is the final of three Leeds Salon ‘Tetley Talks’ on the theme of ‘Freedom and the Individual’.

In this talk, academic and writer Nikos Sotirakopoulos looks at Ayn Rand’s philosophy and influence, followed by audience Q&A and discussion. Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher, best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and her philosophical system of Objectivism – which saw “man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life”. Rand was a radical individualist, who extolled laissez-faire capitalism and “rational selfishness”, and opposed any form of statism. As such, she has long been popular among some conservative and libertarian circles. However, Rand has also been widely criticised, and even reviled. Her novels have been described as “vulgar and unbelievable” and “pseudo-philosophy”. Academia ignores her. And the Left loves to hate her. Yet, today, her influence seems stronger than ever. So, who was Ayn Rand and why does she remain so influential and controversial?

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