Ayn Rand phenomenon in contemporary social and ethical problems

  • M. I. Korobko Taras Shevchenko national university of Kyiv
Keywords: Ayn Rand, ethics, individualism, objectivism, self­interest, philosophy, egoism

Abstract

This paper attempts to give a general outline of the phenomenon of well­known American writer and philosopher Ayn Rand in contemporary social and ethical space. Application to the research of life, literary and philosophical heritage of the writer makes it possible to assess its impact on the current situation in politics and philosophy. Review of Ayn Rand’s artistic positions confirms her role as a landmark figure, who represented at that time the actual socio­cultural request of active man in contemporary philosophy and politics, “putting down” in literary form complex of philosophical questions to the level of the ordinary man. Ayn Rand is the focus of the social practices in which she was formed, lived and worked. The ideas of almost all philosophical subjects are presented in her works in a simple way, but they are fundamentally different from conventional notions of ethics, politics and philosophy in general, even the ideas of philosophers, whom she honored, such as Aristotle. That’s why modern philosophers are interested in studying her works now. After all, still there has no comprehensive academic analysis of her philosophical and scientific works of art.

Author Biography

M. I. Korobko, Taras Shevchenko national university of Kyiv
postgraduate

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Published
2014-03-25
How to Cite
Korobko, M. I. (2014). Ayn Rand phenomenon in contemporary social and ethical problems. Grani, 17(4), 65-70. Retrieved from https://grani.org.ua/index.php/journal/article/view/480
Section
PHILOSOPHY