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Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the preeminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for thirty years and was designated. This brilliantly conceived and organized book is Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s classic text on the abstract principles and practical applications of Objectivism. This brilliantly conceived and organized book is Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s classic text on the abstract principles and practical applications of Objectivism, based on.

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To my knowledge, there is no other comprehensive treatment of Objectivism, and Peikoff has done a great service in processing this material for the lay reader. They conclude that the same process of induction is essential to every rational field except mathematics and that, as a result, truth in any such field possesses the same objectivity as that of physics. Otherwise, some of the concepts discussed in this book will seem confusing.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In terms of form, fascism arises out of the perceived crisis of liberalism, with the assistance of traditional rightwing groups, under threat from an alleged leftwing menace, during the period of mass politics 42 ff.

But, it was tedious at best. The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. The thing in the real world out there must have caused the idea in my mind. The chapters on ethics is Peikoff’s weakest point.

This is the finest explication of Ayn Rand’s philosophy ever written. Peikoff, though he is a clear enough writer, lacks Rand’s talent for vividness and lucidity, her wit and aptitude at turning a phrase, her mental organization and her ability to select lfonard most essential details of a subject.


Leonard Peikoff – Wikipedia

One of the villains feared by Objectivism appears in the distinction between force and violence, wherein the latter is simply a species of the former–both are equally Evil: He systematically covers all the branches of philosophy, from metaphysics through esthetics, rationally validating his foundations and successively building point by point. Human beings have a definite nature like everything else that existsand ethics defines how human beings should behave in order to advance their lives as individuals, neither sacrificing themselves to others objsctivism sacrificing others for their own gains.

It is not created by using simplistic absolutes as she wants us to. And this book mostly summarizes those tracts.

Leonard Peikoff

Kant et al can and should be put to rest. In advance of the elections, Peikoff recommended voting only for Democratsto forestall what he sees is a rise in influence of the religious rightadding:. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Reason is a reliable means to understanding reality and the laws of nature. He labelled Obama’s running mate Joe Biden an “enjoyably hilarious windbag”, and their Republican opponents John McCain and Sarah Palin peikofr a “tired moron” and an “opportunist”, respectively. Retrieved September 28, Having said that, a bit of selfishness is needed if we want to stay true to the Greek logic of everything in moderation, and that is where she looses the argument.

WinnipegManitobaCanada. Aug 23, Ted Morgan rated it really liked it. It is simply impossible to come away from this book without having learned anything. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.

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But really great for bedtime reading if you need help falling asleep! He advocates bringing an end to what he claims are “terrorist states” and has routinely lobbied for regime change in Iran “as quickly as possible and with the fewest U. The relationship of concepts to their constituent particulars is the same as the relationship of algebraic symbols to numbers.


Ayn Rand loved what she did, and that much is eminently clear in her writing; Peikoff, on the other hand, admits to finding philosophy incredibly trying and difficult, and it’s not hard to tell from OPAR.

They wish to purify capitalism of decadent and false democratic rights to return to the mythologized golden age of the 19th century. Rand’s many revolutionary concepts, from the primacy of existence to psycho-epistemology to objecitvism formation to the importance of context and hierarchy, are covered in detail and clearly explained.


As it stands, the philosophy of Objectivism is not a beacon, but a cloud between man and truth. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Any platitudes about individual rights for everyone should be taken in this context, in which the Objectivist “obligation to lie” is triggered: Objectivism advocates art that offers a positive view of Man and his power of volition. This book objetivism meant solely for those who want to fully understand Objectivism.