Ayn Rand’s writing spans a vast array of topics, theoretical and practical: from the nature of reality, to the factual basis of morality, to the nature of knowledge, to the objectivity of art, to the source of rights, to the morality of abortion, to the roots of war, to instability of the welfare state, to the cause of history, to the value of literature.
Her insights on these—and scores of other—topics are spread across a corpus of hundreds of essays and excerpts from four novels. For the individual interested in what Ayn Rand wrote on a given subject, the task of finding her most important passages can be daunting. For such a person, The Ayn Rand Lexicon is an invaluable resource (an online version is available here). The Lexicon compiles her key passages on over 400 topics, assembled into one convenient intellectual resource. For most topics, it also suggests related topics, so readers can see the interconnectedness of her views, which, in total, form a philosophic system and approach.
The Ayn Rand Lexicon is both an indispensable resource for the long-time student of her work, and a compelling starting point for those just becoming exposed to the power of her ideas.