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Without a Prayer: Ayn Rand and the Close of Her System based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A book of decidedly mixed virtues. On the plus side, WITHOUT A PRAYER offers a methodical, detailed refutation of Ayn Rand's core philosophical ideas, exposing her equivocations, lapses in logic, and unsupported assertions -- especially in the areas of epistemology and meta-ethics. On the minus side, the author gets into trouble when he tries to propose a positive alternative to Rand's system. As a strict Calvinist, and a follower of theologian Gordon Clark, he takes a position that can be boiled down to the bumper sticker slogan: 'God said it; I believe it; that settles it!' This line of reasoning is unlikely to persuade anyone who is not already a Calvinist fundamentalist. The bottom line is that if you're looking for an incisive (though occasionally hair-splitting and tendentious) critique of Rand's ideas, read this book. But if you're looking for a cogent and persuasive alternative to Objectivism, WITHOUT A PRAYER won't supply it.