Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ayn Rand and Indian Philosophy

Ayn Rand
In his article, “Ayn Rand and Indian Philosophy,” Roderick T. Long takes a look at Indian philosophical traditions and he finds several affinities between Ayn Rand and ancient Hindu philosophers. He writes:
Rand is also closer to the Hindu thinkers, particularly those in the Nyaya tradition, when it comes to the nature of the world we experience through perception. (Since the similarities between the Nyaya theories and those of Aristotle have often been remarked on by historians of comparative philosophy, it is probably not surprising that Rand, as an Aristotelean herself, should be most closely aligned with Nyaya.)
The idea of Rand being close to ancient Hindu thinkers will come as a surprise to Rand’s acolytes (the objectivists) who believe that in a Goddess Athena like fashion her philosophy sprouted in a fully formed state from her brow. 

1 comment:

Hugo Schmidt said...

One of these days I will be able to find a critique of Ayn Rand that accurately reflects what she wrote and thought.

But that day isn't today.