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The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    "Breaking new ground." Ayn Rand's longest-tenured and

    "Breaking new ground."

    Ayn Rand's longest-tenured and most deeply devoted student, Leonard Peikoff breaks into entirely untrodden ground in this, his life's masterwork. There is an ease in his introductory walk-through the philosophy of Objectivism's theory of concepts and their relationship to human survival and thriving that is distinctive in the literature of this most distinct (and newly controversial) philosophy. That groundwork is extended through unexpected connections and insights in a contrapuntal fashion throughout. Dr. Peikoff sounds telling warnings against the Scyllae and Charybdii of the modern and post-modern fallacies of thought: misintegration, and disintegration.

    An intriguing theory and one that will not only be debated, but may - and should - prompt a new way of looking at history and the influence of ideas in historical development.

    This reader was reminded of the words of Dionysius of Helicarnassus: "History is philosophy, teaching by examples."

    For those who mistake Objectivism for arrogance, the striking modesties of the author's Introduction - they were almost too much - will provide food for thought, if not reconsideration.

    Well-recommended!

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Excellent book

    The author seems a bit too self-conscious throughout the text and it reads a little too autobiographically. However, this makes it more readable and it's genuinely philosophical. I love the philosophy presented and do not consider it entirely "Objectivistic".

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

    A milestone in the history of ideas

    An important book by one of the world's greatest living philosophers. As Peikoff states in the introduction, if you're not too familiar with the philosophy of Objectivism, originated by Ayn Rand, you're better off learning more about that, before reading this book.

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