Actually, it’s during the 3rd season. Anyway, on the bonus features (I’m a Lostie), The writers/cast are discussing the others' book club and the role of books in the movie in general. Every book the characters read has some relation to the story. One of the writers said of Sawyer, "At first he begins reading the stuff I think he would enjoy the most: the scandalous books and mags......later on he gets into Ayn Rand, which is really deep, but probably something he can relate to. There is a character in the Fountainhead, Roark, who is somewhat of a renegade, very much like Sawyer."
This gave me the impression that this writer hadn’t actually read Fountainhead himself.
Re: the names of famous philosophers. I am obsessed with the connections between characters and corresponding philosophers and spend way too much of my time analyzing it.
Philosopher John Locke believed mind was "tabula rasa"/ blank slate. There’s an episode in “Lost” called “Tabula Rasa” where John Locke says to someone, “"Everyone gets a new life on this island, it’s time you start yours."
And the real John Locke met up with this politician named Anthony Cooper and encouraged him to get a kidney transplant. LOST’s John Locke gives his kidney to his father Anthony Cooper for an operation.
But as it turns out John Locke’s real name is Jeremy Bentham: which is equally interesting because Jeremy Bentham utilitarianist (word?) , which says "the ends justify the means". This was true in the case of what what John did to Boone during first season. Rosseau—the French woman lived on the island for 16 years without human contact. Rosseau the philosopher has ideas about a “noble savage” and nature-focused philosophy. Hume- I don’t know enough about Hume to discuss the two Humes. Sawyer-Southern-accent smartass much like Twain’s Tom Sawyer. That’s all I got but I think that Hurley—Hugo is also connected to a philosopher. Haven’t looked into that yet though.
Also—Jack Shepard is often equated with Jesus and altruism while Sawyer is James Ford can be equated as self-interested man and ‘evil businessman’ like Ford. Sawyer is not rationally self interested though. He is a con man, of course. Jack is a doctor. Never is a businessman portrayed positively. Nonetheless, the characters Jack & Sawyer are actually a lot more dimensional and interesting than I made them out to be. No mere prototypes/symbols.