Below is a list of recommended readings for instructors who are interested in using Ayn Rand’s books and essays in the classroom.


  1. “Philosophy: Who Needs It,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (BEG)
  1. “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto (BEG)
  1. “For the New Intellectual,” For the New Intellectual (ADV)


Egoism and Altruism 

  1. Introduction to The Virtue of Selfishness (BEG)
  1. “The Soul of an Individualist,” For the New Intellectual (BEG)
  1. “Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (BEG)
  1. “The Objectivist Ethics,” The Virtue of Selfishness (ADV)
  1. “Causality Versus Duty,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (ADV)
  1. “The Ethics of Emergencies,” The Virtue of Selfishness (ADV)
  1. “The ‘Conflicts’ of Men’s Interests,” The Virtue of Selfishness (ADV)
  1. “This Is John Galt Speaking,” For the New Intellectual (ADV)


  1. “Of Living Death,” The Voice of Reason (BEG)
  1. “The Age of Mediocrity,” The Objectivist Forum (BEG)


  1. “How Does One Live a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?,” The Virtue of Selfishness(BEG)
  1. “The Cult of Moral Grayness,” The Virtue of Selfishness (BEG)
  1. “An Untitled Letter,” Philosophy: Who Needs It (ADV)

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  1. Professors and graduate students interested in Ayn Rand and Objectivism should also consider the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship, a separate nonprofit organization that supports scholarship based on Ayn Rand’s philosophy and the teaching of Rand’s books and ideas in colleges and universities.
  1. The Anthem Foundation’s resources for academics include financial and intellectual support for research, connections to speakers and scholars, support for conferences and workshops that advance scholarship on Rand, sample syllabi, review copies of works by Rand and about Rand and her philosophy, book sets for classrooms and libraries, and more.

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