Atlas Shrugged as the Culmination of the Romantic Novel
Apr 07, 2018
In one of the two lectures Dr. Andrew Bernstein will present, he will show that three of the great Romantic novelists—Victor Hugo, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Ayn Rand—are all impassioned moralists who seek to change the world. But the philosophies of Hugo and Dostoevsky, on their own terms, in the universes of their own novels—in Les Miserables and The Brothers Karamazov—fail to do so. Only Rand’s philosophy is shown, in Atlas Shrugged, to be capable of morally transforming the world. This lecture explores the reason that this is so.