Reason as the Leading Motive

Objectivist Proust?

Posted by Jerry on July 17, 2007

This one is quite a story:

John Enright blogs about a misattribution to Marcel Proust of a famous Ayn Rand quote on her definition of art.

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments.

What makes this story quite shocking is that the misattribution is not some one-off incident by some writer who was sloppy in fact-checking. A google search shows that Rand’s definition of art is unmistakably and more than just accidentally attributed to Proust.

John had this to say:

Proust has become Objectivist in his theory of art, in retrospect.

I suspect someone credited Proust
To give the quotation a boost.

2 Responses to “Objectivist Proust?”

  1. mahendrap said

    This is alarming!

  2. Steve said

    I’m reading Swann’s Way the first volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and at one point he gives a definition of art that is very close in meaning to the famous one by Ayn Rand. I don’t know how the missattribution of Rand’s quote ever occured, but it seems that it must have something to do with the similarity of their descriptions of art. Another strange thing about all this is that the actual work of Proust and Rand is very different.

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