Sunday, July 12, 2015

The 1964 Playboy Interview with Ayn Rand

In March 1964 Playboy Magazine published an interview of Alvin Toffler with Ayn Rand. The interview serves as one of the best comprehensive statements of Rand's views and the philosophy of Objectivism. Playboy has now republished the article. 


Ayn Rand in 1964, "an intense, angry young woman of 58". 

Forty years ago this month, in its March 1964 issue, Playboy magazine interviewed Ayn Rand . This interview would prove to be a significant event for Rand and for Objectivism. Playboy was one of the earliest mass-circulation public forums to offer Rand an opportunity to explain her philosophy and address at length a broad range of topics. She discussed everything from metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics to sex, religion, politics, and art. The interviewer was Alvin Toffler, later to become famous as author of Future Shock.