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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (The Ayn Rand Library, Volume 6)

by Leonard Peikoff

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A comprehensive overview of Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy. ( )
  fduniho | Dec 29, 2008 |
Peikoff describes how philosophy is the only field abstract enough to cover everything else and very succinctly conveys Ayn's ideas about the debate between Plato and Aristotle as it has progressed through the ages. Kant set the stage for the modern era and the ideas of Aristotle were never fully recognized because they were not quite fully connected back to the basic axioms. ( )
  jpsnow | May 26, 2008 |
A thorough presentation of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, from its foundational axioms in metaphysics, to its views on epistemology, ethics, politics, and art. Logically organized and easily readable. Leonard Peikoff, the author of this book, was a friend and student of Ayn Rand's for over 30 years, and was designated by her as her "intellectual heir", so no one is better qualified than he is to write this book ( )
2 vote shoomg | Aug 4, 2007 |
Indispensible. ( )
1 vote valz | Dec 9, 2006 |
"The book presents Ayn Rand's entire philosophy, building it up step by step from its axiomatic base to its value-implications for man's life—from 'existence exists' to egoism in ethics, capitalism in politics and Romanticism in esthetics. The 12 terse chapter headings are indicative of the book's essentialized, absolutist approach: Reality, Sense Perception and Volition, Concept-Formation, Objectivity, Reason, Man, The Good, Virtue, Happiness, Government, Capitalism, and Art. The book is the product and pinnacle of a lifetime devoted to understanding Objectivism."
  rob.sfo | Dec 5, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452011019, Paperback)

This brilliantly conceived and organized book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976, entitled "The Philosophy of Objectivism." The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and also joined Peikoff in answering questions. Ayn Rand said of these lectures: "Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff's course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of Objectivism--that is, the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate."

Dr. Peikoff, Rand's designated heir and foremost interpreter, reveals the abstract fundamentals of Objectivism and its practical applications in the everyday world. He covers every branch of philosophy recognized by Rand and every philosophic topic she regarded as important--from certainty to money, from logic to art, from measurement to sex. Illustrated with quotes from her published works, complete with an abundance of new material that Ayn Rand offered only in private conversations with Peikoff, these clear, cogent chapters illuminate Objectivism--and its creator--with startling clarity. Now the millions of readers who have been transformed by Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead will discover the full philosophical system underlying Ayn Rand's stories about life "as it might be and ought to be."

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This brilliantly conceived book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976 entitled "The philosophy of objectivism." The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and who also joined Peikoff in answering questions. Ayn Rand said of these lectures: "Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff's course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of objectivism-that is, the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate."… (more)

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