Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Return to Reason: An Introduction to Objectivism Hardcover – June, 1971

ISBN-13: 978-0682472043 ISBN-10: 0682472042 Edition: 1st

6 New from $90.81 15 Used from $6.50 3 Collectible from $19.99
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$90.81 $6.50
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
Year-End%20Deals%20in%20Books
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Exposition Press; 1st edition (June 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0682472042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0682472043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,182,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael "MG" Gilson on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Lepanto, an engineer who was a student of Rand in the 60's, wrote this readable, unpretentious and synthetic precis of her work for the interested layman. The self-published book, while not officially approved by Rand, was widely read and admired at the time as the first and only written synthesis then extant, and until Peikoff's introduction, the best. The book is sympathetic to Rand but is unique in presenting her ideas in a neutral, cool fashion.Persons wishing to step back and get an overview in simple terms of the logical and systematic power of Rand's philosophy will find this book very helpful, as will those who want a sense of what Objectivism is about. The book was used at SUNY-Geneseo in a series of courses on Rand given in the 1970's. Beside Peikoff, the best introduction to the philosophy as a whole is Nathaniel Branden's taped series, regrettably not available in book form.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Satz on November 22, 2009
Format: Unknown Binding
In 154 pages and 34 chapters, Paul Lepanto presents an excellent overview of Objectivism--the philosophy of Ayn Rand that stresses reason, freedom, purpose, productiveness, and self-esteem. Lepanto, a staff engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company, wrote the book in 1971; the publisher, Exposition Press, brought out a second printing in 1983. Sturdily bound, this book has attractive type. It is intended for all who are concerned with the political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual, and moral issues of our time. Written in a friendly tone, it is clear, systematic, and concise.

Return to Reason is divided into three parts. Part One discusses the nature of physical entities and living organisms. Part Two treats man as an individual. And part Three treats man as a social being. A very brief paraphrase of each section follows.

Existence can be defined ostensively (i.e., by display), but not formally, since it cannot be placed in a broader category. It is an axiomatic concept. Two fundamental laws apply to existence: the Law of Identity and the Law of Causality. The first law states that each existent has a specific, unique nature--it is something, not just anything, and not nothing. The second law states that an existent's actions are in accord with its nature. The actions of physical existents are reactions to prior actions, whereas the actions of biological existents can be originated by the entities themselves. Living things exist on three levels: plants, animals, and man, each with a proper mode of living. A plant functions automatically to further its life; whether or not it succeeds depends on the environment. An animal has a pleasure-pain mechanism to aid its survival; it too functions automatically to further its life.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greg Nyquist VINE VOICE on January 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I see that this book is out of print. It's just as well. I could not even recommend this book to hard-core Rand fans. Lepanto succeeds at making Objectivism seem more simplistic and intellectually shallow than it really is. This most sophisticated presentation of Objectivism is Sciabarra's treatment of it in his "Ayn Rand: Russian Radical." If you can handle Mr. Sciabarra's curious thesis that Rand is a dialetical thinker, his book is the best place to go for a detailed summary of Rand's creed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again