(gorgekko @ 01 Jan. 2005, 04:14)
Originally Posted by PHV,31 Dec. 2004, 7:51
You're an egotist?
Guilty as charged.
I've always wanted to delve deeper into Rand after I read the Fountainhead. Why does she get so much flack at universities? If you mention her name in the same sentence as philosophy, you are sneered at, and no one grants her any respect as an author.
phv, at the risk of really sounding pompous, espectially after all the flack you have gotten here, I think that there are some very good reasons that Rand gets so much flack. (before I begin, let me preference this by saying that I was a rand fanatic for many years, made several of my biggest life choices by thinking about what she would have advised me, I love her books and earlier essays and short stories, and all in all have a great deal of respect for her. I have, however, grown to understand a lot of the weak points in her philosophy and personal life as I have gotten older) 1. lets start off by saying she really wasn't a very good writter. nobody can argue that she didn't have a powerful message to tell, and she was of course writting in a non-native language that she learned as an adult, but she reallly isn't a good writter, in terms of the actual language written. 2. in western academic terms, she wasn't really a philosopher, either. I took a second major in university in philosophy specifically hoping to be able to study her "philosophy", but in the same way that eastern philosophies do not really fit into the western academic concept of philosophy, neither do her teachings, for reasons that I could write several pages about. 3. her writings are very seductive to young people, in an almost dangerous way. Again, not to sound pompous, but I think that people should be very careful of the state of mind and the level of maturity of young people who read rand. for that reason, actually, I think she should be tought in a critical way in university, to help protect some people from the power of her message. 4. I would also agree that the academic life style is much more attractive to economic and political librals, and this may play a large part, as well.