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There are so many books, lectures, articles, blogs and so on out there on Objectivism. What should a non-intellectual study to get a grasp on the philosophy that doesn't involve super technical philosophy?

asked Sep 17 '10 at 20:15

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There are so many great options! Lets see if we can list a few:

  1. This site, of course :)
  2. Introducing Objectivism
  3. The essay Man's Rights
  4. The essay The Nature of Government
  5. Any Rand's fiction, including Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, and We The Living
  6. The links on this site's sidebar, especially the web site Principles of a Free Society and the Ayn Rand Lexicon
  7. Leonard Peikoff's Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
  8. Onkar Ghate's lecture Ayn Rand’s Ideas—An Introduction
  9. Pretty much any video by Yaron Brook – I particularly love Brook's Q&A sessions
  10. Browse Ayn Rand Institute web site for more!

answered Sep 18 '10 at 03:39

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Excellent list of resources! Nice work!

(Sep 18 '10 at 12:53) Robert Nasir ♦ Robert%20Nasir's gravatar image

I agree with what the others wrote above, and would suggest one more option.

If you can find a thriving community Objectivist group, you will be able to join in study/discussion groups, and meet people who can help answer your questions. Reading and studying the novels and essays will help you get a great foundation, but there is nothing like talking to knowledgeable people who can help you identify the nuances of an idea that you have not yet grasped, or help you to figure out where you might be holding some erroneous premises that need closer scrutiny.

A list of active community groups can be found on the website for the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

answered Sep 18 '10 at 12:26

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Excellent ... and meeting Objectivists is such a great resource for anyone who's just encountering Ayn Rand and wondering, well, what would people who really believe these ideas be like?

(Sep 18 '10 at 12:55) Robert Nasir ♦ Robert%20Nasir's gravatar image

On top of what Andrew Miner said, I highly recommend picking up the 'Essays' companions, 'Essays on Ayn Rand's We The Living' and 'Essays on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead', etc. These are really good sources for bridging the gap from the concrete world represented in her novels, to the philosophy embedded therein. Moreover, the level of scholarship on each essay is incredibly high.

answered Sep 18 '10 at 10:29

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Personally, I find that reading Atlas Shrugged is probably the ideal introduction. In the book, you can get both an explicit statement of the philosophy through various speeches made in the course of the novel as well as concrete demonstrations of how people should and shouldn't act. Bear in mind as you're reading that each character is there to demonstrate some particular point or points. If you can tear yourself away from the developing plot (it took me several readings to do it), try to determine for yourself why each character is there, and what Ayn Rand was trying to demonstrate by including him/her. After that, you can either proceed with the other fiction (The Fountainhead, in particular) or move on to the Virtue of Selfishness. From there, you've probably gotten enough grounding to branch out according to what seems most interesting / relevant.

answered Sep 18 '10 at 03:11

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