Unit 1: What Is Philosophy?

4 Philosophy: Who Needs It

Editor’s Note: The following essay is based on a lecture Ayn Rand delivered to the graduating class of West Point Military Academy in March 1974.  It was originally published in The Ayn Rand Letter and later included in the 1982 anthology, Philosophy: Who Needs It. The audio file linked below includes the 41 minute lecture as well as a 27 minute Q & A session.

You can also access a written transcript of the lecture here: https://courses.aynrand.org/works/philosophy-who-needs-it/

https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122101286&color=ff5500

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