❓ Philosophy

How would Ayn Rand’s philosophy be summed up into a few sentences?

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Sarah TerrisUCL Graduate in Pharmaceutics with 3 years of tutoring experience17.5k students helped

From her website: "Ayn Rand wrote volumes urging people to be selfish. What? Aren’t people already too selfish? Just do whatever you feel like, be a thoughtless jerk, and exploit people to get ahead. Easy, right? Except that acting thoughtlessly and victimizing others, Rand claims, is not in your self-interest. What Rand advocates is an approach to life that’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Selfishness, in her philosophy, means: Follow reason, not whims or faith. Work hard to achieve a life of purpose and productiveness. Earn genuine self-esteem. Pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim. Prosper by treating others as individuals, trading value for value. At the dawn of our lives, writes Rand, we “seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential.” Rand’s philosophy is that vision. Explore it for yourself. Objectivism, a philosophy for living on earth." Reference: https://www.aynrand.org/ideas/overview

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