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Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism celebrates the underlying principles of capitalism: reason, independence and just plain selfishness. Donna Greiner and Theodore Kinni lay out the fundamentals of Objectivism and attempt to describe how you can integrate its beliefs into your life and your business. The book is written in the spirit of Rand’s own outlook: It is anchored in practicality, well organized and goal-oriented. Even so, some executives might lose patience with the philosophic nature of the work. We advise such readers to move on. However, recommends this book to intellectually curious readers in search of a moral, ethical, or even philosophic foundation for their business life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The life and history of Ayn Rand, who developed the philosophy of Objectivism;
  • The basic principles of Objectivism, which emphasizes the values of reason, individual rights and self-interest, and
  • How to apply the tenets of Objectivism to your life and business.

About the Authors

Donna Greiner and Theodore Kinni founded The Business Reader, a corporate bookseller. They have authored seven books exploring management, creativity, customer retention and management. Kinni was a Contributing Editor at Industry Week, Quality Digest, and Workforce Training News. He is a columnist at MWorld, the Web site of the American Management Association.



Origins of Objectivism
Objectivism was developed in the writings of Ayn Rand, who expressed her philosophy through novels like her well known, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Rand saw the study of philosophy as a quest to identify the essential beliefs needed for life. Her core principles...

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