Foundations

New to Ayn Rand?

Ayn Rand is America’s most controversial individualist. She was a bold woman who produced brilliant works fusing fiction and philosophy.

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Introduction to Ayn Rand's ideas

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive

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Philosophy On One Foot

Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the basics of her philosophy, in short form, while standing on one foot.

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Foundations Study Guide: Political Philosophy

Fred Miller is professor of philosophy and executive director of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University.

Fred Miller
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Foundations Study Guide: Epistemology

Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that investigates the basic nature of knowledge, including its sources and validation...

David Kelley
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Foundations Study Guide: Ancient Greek Philosophy

Before philosophy for tens of thousands of years, human beings did not see the world as we see it. Why did the Nile rise and flood the field

George Brakas
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Foundations Study Guide: Literary Theory

Aristotle originated the kind of literary theory that emphasizes the objective features of texts and the authorial intentions that those....

Stephen Cox
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Foundations Study Guide: Business Ethics

Dr. Stephen Hicks is chairman of the philosophy department at Rockford College, and executive director of the Center for Ethics and....

Stephen Hicks
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Foundations Study Guide: Montessori Education

Maria Montessori, the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School, became a doctor in 1896. Her first post was in the

Marsha Enright
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Foundations Study Guide: Philosophy of Mathematics

The philosophy of mathematics is the philosophical study of the concepts and methods of mathematics. It is concerned with the nature of....

David Ross
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Further reading

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