Philosophy: Who Needs It

  • Author Ayn Rand
  • Narrator Lloyd James
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 10 hours and 50 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Philosophy.

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What to expect

Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand’s answer: Everyone.

This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy but which one to have: a rational, conscious, and therefore practical one, or a contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal one.

Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.

Critics Review

  • “Ayn Rand’s writings have altered and shaped the lives of millions. This selection of essays is an example of her best.”

    Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • “Although this omnibus volume…is written for an audience of believers, readers unfamiliar with [Rand’s] novels might find it a useful starting point.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “For those who want to understand the philosophic implications of our era, this collection by Ayn Rand is an excellent place to begin.”

    Richmond News-Leader
  • “Her essays are lively, spirited, and challenging.”

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