"A Critical Look at Ayn Rand"

Mar 23, 2012
Union League Club
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Chicago, IL 60604
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Donald DeMarcoSt. Jerome's University


The continuing success of the books of Ayn Rand, even among Catholics, reveals the influence of her thought in debates on the role of the individual, community, market, and state in modern societies. At the same time, Rand's success may have obscured fundamental flaws in her thought. A closer look at her philosophical, moral, political, and economic positions brings into question both the legitimacy of her success as well as the credulity of her disciples and the American public. Is it possible for anyone to be a legitimate philosopher in an age of clever marketing and mass consumption?

Dr. Donald DeMarco is Professor Emeritus at St. Jerome's University in Waterloo, Ontario and currently an Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a founding member of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission. He is the author of articles both scholarly and for the general public, and 22 books, including Architects of the Culture of Death and The Heart of Virtue.