I have only read one of her works, The Fountainhead. To be honest, I have recommended it to a lot of people, I have seen a lot of people be changed by that book, but I haven’t quite understood everything about it. It is a book that I want to go back to in a few more years’ time, when I’m older, even if not wiser.
She established a new school of thought (or philosophy) called Objectivism. According to Wikipedia, “Objectivism’s central tenets are that reality exists independent of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (or rational self-interest), that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism, and that the role of art in human life is to transform humans’ metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.”
I don’t understand the full import of it. But to think that someone came up with something like this is a mark of intelligence. One needn’t agree, but one must recognise intelligence!
What do you think? Have you read anything by her? Atlas Shrugged, perhaps? Do you understand her?