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Sunday, September 4, 2016

What is the historic significance of Ayn Rand's philosophy?

One of her own statements in Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology implies the answer: "It is as if, philosophically, man­kind is still in the stage of transition which characterizes a child in the process of learning to speak—a child who is using his conceptual faculty, but has not developed it sufficiently to be able to examine it self-consciously and discover that what he is using is reason.” That discovery, with everything it presupposes and implies, is Ayn Rand's philosophic achievement.

~ Harry Binswanger in “Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement

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