What's wrong with Randroids?
October 7, 2005 11:08 AM Subscribe
PhilosophyFilter: Can someone explain the philosophical errors of Ayn Rand/Objectivism?
posted by mullacc to Religion & Philosophy (29 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've read Atlas Shrugged and have done some Google searches, but most of what I've read seems to start from the premise that Rand had made philosophical errors.
My philosophical education is limited (a few electives as an undergrad and my own reading since), so I'm struggling to build my own case against Objectivism. My intuition is that it is bogus - mostly because of Rand's tendency to erect straw men, reduce issues to black/white and grant her protagonists some sort of super-rationality. And, also, a lot of people whose beliefs I respect refer to her with such spite that I wonder what is at the root of it.
I promise I'm not trying to use AskMe to do my homework for me, I'm just curious.