Hi Keith. Are all novelists disqualified from the ranks of philosopher? Camus regarded Dostoevsky as an important philosopher, and Camus himself wrote novels and plays to illustrate philosophical points. Iris Murdoch also worked in fiction, as did Sartre and Voltaire. Even Plato fictionalized his accounts of Socrates and framed his philosophical inquiries in terms of dialogues between characters. Rand also wrote a number of non-fiction works explaining Objectivism, though her novels are much more influential. Still, it seems that the line between fiction and philosophy is somewhat blurry. Is there something more to Rand’s fictional work that makes it especially non-philosophy?

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