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Objectivism

Objectivism is the name Ayn Rand gave to her philosophical system. Objectivism is in the Aristotelian tradition, agreeing with that tradition’s naturalism in metaphysics, empirical reason in epistemology, and self-realization in ethics. Objectivist political and economic philosophy is robustly liberal, agreeing with the classical liberal tradition’s emphasis on individual self-responsibility and freedom and limiting the power of the government to protecting individuals’ rights to their lives, liberties, and property.

Rand’s Objectivism adds a romantic and idealistic element to liberalism, most strikingly in its advocacy of business as a passionate calling on a par with art and science. This romantic idealism sets Objectivism apart from those philosophies on both the left and the right that view business either as an antisocial force to be restrained or as ...

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