March 6, 1965
Mr. Michael P. Levock, Jr.
218 5th Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Dear Mr. Levock:
Thank you for your letter of February 27th. I am pleased that you liked Atlas Shrugged and that you found my philosophy helpful. I hope that you will continue to develop your knowledge and your interest in ideas.
You are mistaken when you write about “stealing my philosophy.” Philosophy is a science that identifies principles which are objectively true. To recognize the truth and to accept it does not constitute “stealing.”
My article [“Who Is the Final Authority in Ethics?”] in the February issue of this Newsletter, which I am enclosing, will make this matter clear to you.