Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ayn Rand on Reading Philosophy

“I am reading a long, detailed history of philosophy. I’m reading Aristotle in person and a lot of other things. At times it makes my hair stand on end—to read the sort of thing those [non-Aristotelians] “sages of the ages” perpetrated. And I think of you all the time—of what you used to say about them. It’s actually painful for me to read Plato, for instance. But I must do it. I don’t care what the damn fools said—I want to know what made them say it. There is frightening kind of rationality about the reasons for the mistakes they made, the purposes they wanted to achieve and the practical results that followed in history.” ~ Ayn Rand in a letter to Isabel Paterson (July 26, 1945)

(Source: Letters of Ayn Rand; Page 179)

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