Philosophy: Who Needs It
is a posthumous collection of essays by Ayn Rand
, published in 1982, that deal with the subject of philosophy in general. Rand had begun work on the collection prior to her death, with final editing by Leonard Peikoff
. Therefore, it could be considered her last work. Most of the essays originally appeared in The Ayn Rand Letter
This book is volume one of the "Ayn Rand Library" series edited by Leonard Peikoff.
In the title essay, she argues that philosophy plays a central role in all human activities. That every action, every thought, has at its root certain assumptions and that we need to examine those assumptions to live a full, meaningful life.