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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) Paperback – December 1, 1993
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Until the publication of Peikoff's magnum opus *Objectivism*, there was no single book, the interested student of philosophy could turn to, that presented Rand's philosophy as a single integrated whole.
Thanks to Dr. Peikoff this is no longer the case.
Leonard Peikoff's *Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand* covers every philosophical topic that Ayn Rand held as important--from the objectivity of concepts and the metaphysical nature of man, to the virtue of selfishness and the purpose of art, this book covers it--and more.
It is clear (Peikoff is a lucid writer), organized (the book presents Rand's philosophy from the ground up, thus showing how her philosophical statement that capitalism is the moral system is inseperably tied to the metaphysical observation that A is A), and tightly written (Peikoff focuses only on essentials).
If you ever had any questions on the philosophy that Ayn Rand presented in her novels, or on the subject of philosophy in general (college students take note), this book has the answers you are looking for.
Dr. Peikoff (whom I have seen explain Objectivism to large audiences) is by far the best authority on the subject. He studied under Ayn Rand for 30 years, so he knows her philosophy well, and is, of course, very fair in his presentation of it.
When I started reading the book, by annotations were about technical philosophical issues, but my reading experience became more and more personal as I progressed through the book; I stopped saying things like "This philosophical error that Peikoff is explaining sounds like Descartes" and started saying things like "My friend John Smith needs to read this part."
This book is, of course, nothing near the reading experience of Ayn Rand's own writings, but it is a must-read for those interested in her philosophy, especially since some aspects of Objectivism were never committed to paper by Rand herself. And, if your interest is not in Objectivism but in philosophy in general, I think you will be pleased to have this book in your collection. It is excellent in selling the importance of philosophy in general (and, of course, the best at explaining Objectivism in particular).Read more ›
Space does not permit a detailed review of this book, but some of the more interesting ideas that are elaborated on include: 1. The "stolen concept fallacy".Read more ›
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An excellent overview of philosophy in general, this book covers Rand's brilliantly. The information is structured hierarchically, so the book built a cogent understanding into a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marionette
This book could save the world from horrible german philosophers, those bad ideas causing such damage currently. She is THE antidote to the evil ideas of Marx, Hegel and Kant.Published 1 month ago by Shawn Marshall
A full blown treatment of Objectivism. A well constructed case whether you agree with the ultimate conclusions or not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lao Tzu
In this book we are told “because of their pretense, the conservatives are morally lower than the liberals; they are farther removed from reality. . . . Read morePublished 2 months ago by Don Morris
A most read for the conscious mind, Dr. Peikoff is a true master and eye opener in this work, he is like light in the dark.Published 3 months ago by TJ brook
excellent philosophical analysis. If you want to begin to learn how to think of yourself and how to think of humanity then this is a good place to start. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is having and amazing positive impact in my life. I am reading it for the 3rd time. You will find answers on pretty much any aspects of your life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jay Bello
It is a carefully and clearly written treatise on the most important treatment of Philosophy. I have always thought, seeing how succesful Mankind is in the growth of the so called... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alfonso