For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand


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RAND, Ayn. For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. New York: Random House, (1961). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

First edition, first printing, signed on the half title by Ayn Rand in blue ink.

"Rand's 1961 book For The New Intellectual outlines her philosophical system of Objectivism by means of excerpts from We The Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged… She then opens the book with an essay on the cultural bankruptcy that has undermined the capitalistic system of the United States. The essay is directed at 'the New Intellectuals' needed to restore and defend a capitalist economy in the face of that cultural bankruptcy. Rand is very clear that neither pragmatic nor economic argument is what must be used. Instead, it is arguments for 'a new morality of rational self-interest' that will provide the foundation for a new capitalist culture" (Bostaph, Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 11:1,20). To Robert Hessen of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, Rand "provided a moral defense that had an electrifying effect on people who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technological terms. She made it clear that a free society is also a productive society, but that what matters is individual freedom" (New York Times). Perinn A5.

Book with inner paper hinges expertly repaired, bright dust jacket with light wear and toning to extremities, shallow chipping to top of front panel. An extremely good signed copy.

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