A powerful resource for those interested in studying and checking out what Ayn Rand and Objectivism are really about.
The Ayn Rand Lexicon is not commentary about Ayn Rand or her philosophy, Objectivism. Itconsists ofdirect quotes from Ayn Randand some ofthose works which she directly endorsed.
The debate on Ayn Rand’s ideas will continue.Good! But there’ll be little excuse to misquote or misrepresent those views.
And for those writing from an Objectivist perspective, now you can hypertext link the terminology you use.
But the greatest value of all, and the greatest fun of all is the application of the Lexicon as a study tool.
I’ve had my own hard copy of this publication since it first came out, and it’s gotten plenty of use!
A couple of examples from the Ayn Rand Lexicon …
From one of the entries under “altruism”:
There are two moral questions which altruism lumps together into one “package-deal”:
(1) What are values?
(2) Who should be the beneficiary of values?
Altruism substitutes the second for the first; it evades the task of defining a code of moral values, thus leaving man, in fact, without moral guidance.
Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one’s own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value—and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.
One of the entries under “property rights” ….
The right to agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial.
It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree—and thus keeps the road open to man’s most valuable attribute (valuable personally, socially, and objectively): the creative mind.
Even these two examples, I think, highlight both the uniqueness of Ayn Rand’s take on ideas, as well as the Aristotelian/Enlightenment tradition of which she is a part.
Hat tip to Zigory.