- Series: Ayn Rand Library (Book 6)
- Paperback: 493 pages
- Publisher: Meridian; Reprint edition (December 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452011019
- ISBN-13: 978-0452011014
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) Paperback – December 1, 1993
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Peikoff, a leading scholar and advocate of Rand's work, offers a lengthy study of her philosophical views.
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“A revelation...Peikoff is an extraordinary communicator...He brings the most difficult intellectual ideas within the grasp of the general reader.”—Detroit Free Press
Praise for Leonard Peikoff
“Offers a truly revolutionary idea…The book is clear, tight, disciplined, beautifully structured, and brilliantly reasoned. Its style is clear and hard as crystal—and as sparkling… As to my personal reaction, I can express it best by paraphrasing a line from Atlas Shrugged: ‘It’s so wonderful to see a great, new, crucial achievement which is not mine!’”—Ayn Rand
“Extraordinarily perceptive…frightening insights…Everyone concerned with the collectivist trend in today’s world should read this book.”—Alan Greenspan
“A fascinating weave of German history, philosophic determinism, and Objectivist polemic.”—Chicago Tribune
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This book should be read by anyone interested in philosophy (which is hopefully a wide as audience as possible). Even for those who don't agree with her, this book will present her actual ideas, which is very rare when her name is brought up in discussions. Read it for yourself and make your own conclusions about her ideas and where she may have erred.
For those familiar with her ideas, this book will reaffirm the importance of ideas in life and will display her truly unique intellect.
It is simply impossible to come away from this book without having learned anything. It is written as a philosophical treatise, but is very readable and thought provoking. Leonard Peikoff is Ayn Rand's chosen heir and the most qualified person and he undoubtedly lived up to his reputation.
This book is not written by her but provides a good summary of her philosophy/ideas and is a great introduction to Objectivism. I recommend reading this book AFTER reading Atlas Shrugged and then at least least one of her non-fiction works (Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Virtue of Selfishness, For the New Intellectual). Otherwise, some of the concepts discussed in this book will seem confusing.
Not the case.
The explanations are very accessible and Peikoff makes a good case for Objectivism. If you're curious about Ayn Rand, but don't want to take the time to read her books, this is a very nice intro/summary.