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Rand, Ayn (1905–82)

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10.4324/9780415249126-S089-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-S089-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved October 21, 2018, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/rand-ayn-1905-82/v-1

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Ayn Rand was a Russian-born US novelist and philosopher who exerted considerable influence in the conservative and libertarian intellectual movements in the post-war USA. Rand’s ideas were expressed mainly through her novels; she set forth a view of morality as based in rational self-interest and in political philosophy defended an unrestrained form of capitalism.

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Kukathas, Chandran. Rand, Ayn (1905–82), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-S089-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/rand-ayn-1905-82/v-1.
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