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Ayn Rand and the Metaphysics of Kant

George V. Walsh
The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 2000), pp. 69-103
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41560132
Page Count: 35
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Ayn Rand and the Metaphysics of Kant
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Abstract

George V. Walsh examines the differences and similarities between Immanuel Kant and Ayn Rand in the area of metaphysics. He presents Kant's premises and conclusions on the major issues and provides a detailed discussion of Rand's criticisms of Kant. Walsh argues that Rand has seriously misread Kant on several points. Her interpretation—that Kant saw our sensory grasp of the world as "delusion," rather than knowledge—resembles that of Arthur Schopenhauer, except that the latter declares Kant's doctrine worthy of praise instead of condemnation.

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