Aristotle "versus" Ayn Rand
Here's a reference to an interesting exploration of what the author believes that Ayn Rand should have understood with regard to the philosophy of Aristotle, in support of perhaps a more complete and consistent development of her own thought.
An Auburn University professor of philosophy offers new interpretations of Aristotle and Ayn Rand in ethics and epistemology.
The Author says:
Two of the central questions in philosophy are: What are the foundations of knowledge? and What is the nature of human well-being?
Ayn Rand regarded herself as a follower of Aristotle. I argue, however, that in answering the above two questions she unfortunately deviated from Aristotle in ways that subverted her own philosophical intentions.
In particular, I maintain that Rand's rejection of Aristotle's coherentist, testimony-based epistemology in favor of her own version of foundationalist empiricism both opens the door to a corrosive skepticism that she rightly wishes to avoid, and forces her into defending an instrumental survival-oriented conception of the relation of morality to self-interest, even though a constitutive, flourishing-oriented relation along Aristotelian lines would more closely match her basic ethical insights.
Hence Rand's admirers may still have something to learn from Aristotle, their "teacher's first teacher."
About the Author:
Roderick T. Long is a professor of philosophy at Auburn University, as well as Editor of the Free Nation Foundation's journal Formulations. His principal research interests are moral psychology, Greek philosophy, and libertarian thought.