In this first book-length study of Ayn Rand's anti-utopia Anthem, essays explore the historical, literary, and philosophical themes presiding in this novella written in opposition to the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union (and Nazi Germany). Written in 1937, published in 1938 in Britain, and subsequently in a revised form in the United States in 1946, Anthem investigates the importance of the ego and freedom, and the individual against the state. Editor Robert Mayhew has collected a variety of essays dealing with such topics including: the history behind the novella's creation, publication, and reception; its connection to other anti-utopian novels; and, the significance of ego and freedom, which it portrays and defends. This book is important to philosophers as well as readers looking to gain a better understanding of Ayn Rand and Anthem.
List of Contributors: Michael S. Berliner, Andrew Bernstein, Harry Binswanger, Tore Boeckmann, Jeff Britting, Onkar Ghate, Lindsay Joseph, John Lewis, Robert Mayhew, Shoshana Milgram, Amy Peikoff, Richard E. Ralston, Gregory Salmieri, Darryl Wright.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: The History of Anthem
Richard E. Ralston
Anthem: '38 and '46
Reviews of Anthem
Michael S. Berliner
Adapting Anthem: Projects That Were and Might Have Been
Anthem and 'The Individualist Manifesto'
Anthem in Manuscript: Finding the Words
Part 2: Anthem as Literature and as Philosophy
Anthem as a Psychological Fantasy
Anthem in the Context of Related Literary Works: 'We are not like our brothers'
'Sacrilege toward the Individual': The Anti-Pride of Thomas More's Utopia and Anthem's Radical Alternative
Needs of the Psyche in Ayn Rand's Early Ethical Thought
Breaking the Metaphysical Chains of Dictatorship: Free Will and Determinism in Anthem
Prometheus' Discovery: Individualism and the Meaning of the Concept "I" in Anthem
Freedom of Disassociation in Anthem
Anthem and Collectivist Regression into Primitivism
Epilogue: Anthem: An Appreciation
Appendix: Teaching Anthem: A Guide for High School and University Teachers
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