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Eamonn Butler: The Pros and Cons of Ayn Rand

Updated: Jan 2

This summary was written by Sam Johnson, Committee Member.


On Wednesday 17 January 2018, Dr. Eamonn Butler, Co-Founder and Director of the Adam Smith Institute, addressed the Oxford Hayek Society in Oxford Town Hall on the subject of 'The Pros and Cons of Ayn Rand'.



Eamonn's talk was focussed around his upcoming book, which was published in June 2018 by the Institute of Economic Affairs as Ayn Rand: An Introduction. This is available to view for free in online PDF format here.


Eamonn delivered a fascinating talk on how Ayn Rand’s philosophy is still relevant in the 21st century. It was wonderful to hear such an adept analysis of Rand’s economic and social views, including insightful comments on what flaws in her works. Eamonn's comparisons to Rand’s contemporaries and other libertarian philosophers were particularly enlightening.


Dr. Eamonn Butler is the Director of the Adam Smith Institute, an influential neoliberal thinktank in London which he cofounded in 1978. He has written profusely on classical liberal philosophers and economists, including Adam Smith, Ludwig von Mises, FA Hayek, Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand. Eamonn is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international network of pro-liberty academics founded by FA Hayek, and served as the Secretary of its Board of Directors between 2012 and 2014. He contributes frequently in leading British print and broadcast media on current affairs.

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