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Of Living Death

Ayn Rand

Presented at: FHF 1968 Of Living Death

Date: Dec 08, 1968

In this lecture on the 1968 papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), Ayn Rand discusses the meaning of the Catholic Church’s admonition against the use of contraception and the view of sex that it implies. She contrasts this religious perspective on sex with the Objectivist view, drawing out the relationships between love, sex, self-esteem and happiness.

Analyzing the split between the “conservatives” and the “liberals” in the church over alleged contradictions between this encyclical and an earlier one, Populorum Progressio (The Development of Peoples), Rand points to the deeper philosophical parallel between the two and argues that they are in fact perfectly consistent in their philosophical premises and intended effects.

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Parts: 1

Handout: none

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