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Understanding Objectivism: A Guide to Learning Ayn Rand's Philosophy [Kindle Edition]

Leonard Peikoff , Michael S. Berliner
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Book Description

Based on a series of lectures given in 1983 by Dr. Leonard Peikoff, Understanding Objectivism offers a deeper and more profound study of Ayn Rand's philosophy, and outlines a methodology of how to approach the study of Objectivism and apply its principles to one's life.

For the legions of readers who treasure Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, and who savor cogent analysis and provocative discussion of Ayn Rand's thoughts and beliefs, Understanding Objectivism takes the stimulating study of Rand's philosophy to the next level.

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About the Author

Michael S. Berliner is co-chairman of the Board of Directors at the Ayn Rand Institute and senior advisor to the Ayn Rand Archives. He is the editor of The Letters of Ayn Rand.

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  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1st edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LU1P6G
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to love skyscrapers March 8, 2012
By Tsook
Excellent course given in the 80s now in book form. Describes what is and isn't philosophy and the practical reasons we need philosophy. You can hate skyscrapers and love Beethoven and this would not preclude you from being an objectivist. Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand's best student gave this course. Here is a chance to see how well he presents her ideas. The people who attack him have never heard him and this a chance to form your own opinion.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Lectures May 31, 2012
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I attended these lectures when they were originally given in NYC in 1983. Now that I have had the opportunity to read them at a slow pace, I realize that there was a lot of material that I didn't fully understand at the time. Reading the lectures, I can now appreciate how brilliant they really are. For anyone who missed these lectures this book is "required" reading.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced and Accessible August 9, 2012
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I had read Peikoff's OPAR years ago, liked it, but found myself struggling to understand much of it. I'm not sure if I'm more learned now, or if this is just a better read, but it drew me right in and never lost me. I really didn't realize how brilliant Peikoff is until I read these lectures. He helped me to truly grasp and understand many concepts like I never have before. All the material on how to concretize a principle was amazing, and I'm sure it's affected my own teaching style. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! June 16, 2012
By Gaby
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I read the last chapter first and if you are new to applying the philosophy, I would recommend this. The last chapter addresses what I think stops many people from going further into the study of Ayn Rand's philosophy - the current state of the world and how to live in it and how to judge people. Dr. Peikoff is honest and benevolent and is a wonderful teacher. Berliner did an excellent job of editing the taped course. After reading the last chapter, you will be motivated to continue your study of the rest of the book which I am still chewing. Enjoy!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Objectivism March 14, 2012
This is heavy, detailed stuff, "chewing" the very principals and primaries of the philosophy. Suggested reading after you have read Peikoff's previous works.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Objectivism is pure Peikoff March 21, 2012
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It's a great pleasure to be able to return to the lectures I attended 30 years ago. I can hear Leonard's voice in every sentence. This material in this form is just what has been lacking for so many years. It's an important step toward bringing Ayn Rand's achievement into better focus for the many fans of her works. In addition, for those that were lucky enough to attend the NBI lectures, this is an opportunity for a "tune-up" and a reinvigorating experience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advise for Objectivists September 8, 2012
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Leonrd Peikoff's Understanding Objectivism ofers many valuable insights into better understandings of fundemental Objectivist concepts. As a transcription of a recent lecture series and a precursor to his highly anticipated and just released DIM Theory, this book addresses several common misconceptions and learning a better understanding of Objectivist philosophy.

The book begins with several Objectivist student demonstrations which Dr Peikoff then elaborates on their errors and proper understandings. He then goes into much greater technical details of Objectivist epistemology which may not be of interest to those who don't consider them as interesting as Ayn Rand's Objectivist fiction and her artistic expressions of romantic realism. But his technical details are of great value to anyone who's interested in the so called mechanics of Objectivist epistemology, psychology, politics, economics, and aesthetics.

Dr Peikoff not only corrects the common errors of many Objectivist students, Ayn Rand admirers and adversaries, academics, and just palin casual observers, he also includes himself in several examples. He points out how his extended conversations with Ayn Rand herself helped him unlearn many of his own misconceptions and acheive a much clearer level of rational thought. I'll continue to re-read this book along with Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology which it extrapolates on.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to being there April 24, 2012
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I attended the original lecture course, but if you know a little about Objectivism and want to know more, this book is an inexpensive way to learn. I think you can still buy the course from the Ayn Rand Institute bookstore, but some people prefer to read and so do I. So I am in the process of 'taking the course' again and I find it very stimulating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Peikoff is excellent at explaining Rand's philosophy
Published 2 months ago by Maxine Roehrig
3.0 out of 5 stars Some parts are fantastic though.
I think attending the lectures would have been far more engaging. Reading this (basically edited lecture transcriptions) just left me feeling stuporous at times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sdgolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Further reading guide for serious students of Objectivism.
This is an advanced work in Objectivism.
It contains several topics unovered fully by OPAR. It is a further step in understanding the philosophy more fully.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Must read if you are an Ayn Rand fan. Talks about how to actually apply objectivism and also corrects common mistakes that people make when they try to understand objectivism.
Published 18 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars This book offers some interesting insights on Ayn Rand's brand of...
The book is worth reading if one is interested in exploring the bizarre world of Ayn Rand. She and her like-minded compatriots such as Plato and Nietzsche hold out their egocentric... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Douglas D. Patterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible book! poorly written
I was excited to read this book because it seemed to be one of the books Ayn Rand followers should have. Read more
Published 20 months ago by christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but great insight
I found myself in these pages. This book takes a lot of study and it will most likely pricks at your understanding of Objectivism or any idealism, as it did mine. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eugene Kasper
3.0 out of 5 stars OPn Understanding objectivism
The book is interesting and easy to read, although after reading Ayn Rand's work, it seems that the author tends to over-philosphize Rand's thoughts. Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. R. Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars A profoundly important and valuable book
This book is based on a lecture series of the same name that I had listened to twice prior to reading the book. The lectures themselves are incredibly powerful. Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by Deep Think
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Elaboration and Chewing of AR's philosophy
This book is suited for the professional philsopher and layman alike-anyone interested in getting a firmer and deeper grasp of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. Read more
Published on February 19, 2013 by Joseph McHugh
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