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Atlas Shrugged as the Culmination of the Romantic Novel

Andrew Bernstein

Presented at: OCON 2017

Date: Jun 10, 2017

Dr. Bernstein’s talk analyzes Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Hugo’s Les Misérables and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, showing these Romantic novelists as impassioned valuers who want to change the world in accord with their philosophies. But the Religious Humanism of Hugo and the Christianity of Dostoevsky are inadequate to ameliorate the worlds presented in their novels; at conclusion, their worlds suffer the same evils as at the start. Only Rand’s Objectivism is shown to positively change the universe portrayed in her novel.


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