About Our Group
ASHEVILLE OBJECTIVISTS is a group created for people in the greater Asheville area who want to meet other local Objectivists, learn more about Objectivism and promote Ayn Rand’s philosophy through education and activism.
We hold regular group meetings that are open to the public. You can keep up with current activities and announcements at our Facebook page.
About Ayn Rand
AYN RAND was an American novelist and philosopher, and the creator of Objectivism, which she called “a philosophy for living on earth.” Rand’s most widely read novels are The Fountainhead, a story about an independent and uncompromising architect; and Atlas Shrugged, a story about the role of the mind in human life and about what happens to the world when the thinkers and producers mysteriously disappear. Her most popular nonfiction books are The Virtue of Selfishness, a series of essays about the foundations and principles of the morality of self-interest; and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, a series of essays about what capitalism is and why it is the only moral social system.
Rand was born in Russia, where she attended grade school and university; studied history, philosophy, and screenwriting; and witnessed the Bolshevik Revolution and the birth of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In 1925, she left the burgeoning communist state, telling Soviet authorities she was going for a brief visit with relatives in America, and never returned.
She soon made her way to Hollywood, where she worked as a screenwriter, married actor Frank O’Connor, and wrote her first novel, We The Livng. She then moved to New York City, where she wrote Anthem (a novelette), The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, numerous articles and essays, and nonfiction books in which she defined and elaborated the principles of Objectivism.
An excellent overview of Rand’s life is depicted in the 143-minute documentary “Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life.”
DESCRIBING OBJECTIVISM, Rand wrote: “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
Rand’s staunch advocacy of reason (as against faith and whim), self-interest (as against self-sacrifice), individualism and individual rights (as against collectivism and “group rights”), and capitalism (as against all forms of statism) make her both the most controversial and most important philosopher of the 20th century.
Rand described Objectivism as “a philosophy for living on earth.” The reason why it is a philosophy for living on earth is that its every principle is derived from the observable facts of reality and the demonstrable requirements of human life and happiness.
As a philosophical system, Objectivism includes a view of the nature of reality, of man’s means of knowledge, of man’s nature and means of survival, of a proper morality, of a proper social system, and of the nature and value of art.
A systematic and comprehensive survey of Objectivism can be found in the book by Leonard Peikoff entitled “Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.”
Read more about Objectivism in the brief overview from the monthly philosophical journal The Objective Standard entitled “What is Objectivism?”
For an overview of concepts and terminology, please see the website “The Importance of Philosophy.”
For an excellent introduction to the philosophy of Objectivism, please watch this lecture by Leonard Peikoff.