Ayn Rand's Contribution to the Cause of Freedom

Writing for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Roderick T. Long discusses Rand’s positive influence and contributions to the pro-freedom movement. Long also elaborates on Rand’s relationship with Mises and with academic philosophy. Though the Mises Institute is sometimes critical of Objectivism and Objectivists, this piece is generally laudatory. Long notes that since Rand began writing:

the philosophical mainstream has moved in Rand’s direction. Professional philosophers are far more likely today than they were in the 1960s to agree with Rand about the directness of sense-perception, the relation between meaning and reference, the incompatibility of utilitarianism with individual rights, or the prospects for a neo-Aristotelean ethical theory (or indeed a neo-Aristotelean philosophical approach generally)

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