For those unfamiliar with Ayn Rand and the Objectivist Philosophy, we would recommend beginning with her novels and non-fiction works.


  • Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  • The Fountainhead (1943)
  • We The Living (1936)
  • Anthem (1938)


  • Philosophy: Who Needs It (1982)
  • The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)
  • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)
  • The Romantic Manifesto (1969)
  • For the New Intellectual (1961)
  • Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (originally published 1971; republished 1999 with additional essays by Peter Schwartz)
  • Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (1979)


Another valuable resource is the online Objectivist Lexicon, a encyclopedia of relevant concepts in Objectivism. A search for any concept yields relevant quotations from Ayn Rand's numerous works. The Lexicon is especially useful for understanding terms that are not used in everday languageā€”and to reveal the true meaning being those that are.