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Did Ayn Rand get most, if not all of her ideas from the era of Romanticism? Victor Hugo was a socialist, as I've read from The Romantic Manifesto a few months back. He lived in this era, and his books fall under that category, but he can't be completely Romantic, because he was a socialist. Can the terms "Objectivism" and "Romanticism" be used interchangeably? If they can't, what are their differences regarding philosophy?

asked Jul 23 '12 at 14:16

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edited Jul 23 '12 at 21:46

Did you really mean to word your question heading that way? ... as if Romanticism and Objectivism are terms that can be used almost interchangeably?

(Jul 23 '12 at 15:58) orb85750 orb85750's gravatar image

Are you speaking of the Romanticism that essentially revolted against science? If so, then it's certainly not interchangeable with Objectivism.

(Jul 24 '12 at 13:10) orb85750 orb85750's gravatar image

Objectivism is the name Ayn Rand gave to her system of philosophy.

Romanticism (according to Webster) is:

a literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, and marked especially in English literature by sensibility and the use of autobiographical material, an exaltation of the primitive and the common man, an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms

So I would venture to say "No they can't be used interchangeably." As for their differences, I'll leave that as an "exercise left to the student". HINT: One is a systematic philosophy for living on earth. The other is a name given to an 18th century movement emphasizing imagination and emotions.

answered Jul 24 '12 at 14:33

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