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Criticisms of Objectivists

The links below go to materials criticizing Ayn Rand and/or other Objectivists on a personal or institutional basis. Criticisms of Objectivist ideas and parodies of Objectivism are documented on separate pages. There is also a separate page covering the dispute between ARI and TOC.

Personal Criticisms of Ayn Rand

The following criticize Ayn Rand's personality, behavior, or literary techniques.

Criticisms of the "Objectivist Movement"

The following criticize Objectivists in general, the "Objectivist movement" (however this is understood by the various authors), or specific organizations associated with Objectivism. Criticism specific to the disagreement between the Ayn Rand Institute and the Objectivist Center are documented on the ARI-TOC dispute page.

Other Sources

A large amount of criticism of Objectivists and response to that criticism (including responses to some of the material linked above) can be found in online discussion forums related to Objectivism. (Because of the interactive and ongoing nature of such forums, critical materials from them are typically not linked above, even though some forums have web-based archives that would allow such links.)

Information on published books criticizing Ayn Rand or the "Objectivist movement" can be found in the "Books about Objectivism" section of the ORC.


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