For the New Intellectual

  • by Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy, an ethic of rational self-interest, that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. The fundamentals of this morality, "a philosophy for living on earth", are here vibrantly set forth by the spokesman for a new class, For The New Intellectual. Miss Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are set forth in four nonfiction books: Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, For the New Intellectual, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.


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Customer Reviews

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Rehashed narrative and bad ideas.

If you are looking to waste your time and money (or book credit) this is your book. I will admit that my perspective may be slightly biased since I am not a Rand fan, but it seems to me that this was a boaring, ill-thought out book. Rand tries to explain her philosophy of Objectivism (which, I might add, is not considered worth while by any serious philosophers) but does so primarily through the excessively long harangues found in her fiction. This leaves the listener feeling that Rand did not want to take the time to put her ideas in a different format, instead leaving "The New Intellectual" simply re-published thoughts that are unrevised.

Aside from the merits of her thoughts (which aren't very interesting or deep: Just think you are your self because- you are yourself and that is enough to justify anything) the presentation should be enough to turn people away from this production. If you want her fiction, listen to "Atlas Shrugged," if you want her philosophy, go listen to "Objectivism," or "The Virtue of Selfishness." If you want to save yourself time and money -- skip her philosophy and just enjoy her fiction for what little its worth.
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- Christopher Allen walker

Not much here

If you have read her novels, skip this book. If you have not read her novels, definitely skip this book. Either it will be a repetition of what you have already read/listened to, or it will be a spoiler of her excellent fiction. Her other non-fiction books are much more substantial.
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- Douglas Bierbower

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.