The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

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Between 1961, when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and 1981, when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as varied as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marilyn Monroe. In The Voice of Reason, these pieces, written in the last decades of Rand's life, are gathered in book form for the first time. With them are five essays by Leonard Peikoff, Rand's longtime associate and literary executor. The work concludes with Peikoff's ...

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Overview

Between 1961, when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and 1981, when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as varied as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marilyn Monroe. In The Voice of Reason, these pieces, written in the last decades of Rand's life, are gathered in book form for the first time. With them are five essays by Leonard Peikoff, Rand's longtime associate and literary executor. The work concludes with Peikoff's epilogue, "My Thirty Years With Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir," which answers the question "What was Ayn Rand really like?" Important reading for all thinking individuals, Rand's later writings reflect a life lived on principle, a probing mind, and a passionate intensity. This collection communicates not only Rand's singular worldview, but also the penetrating cultural and political analysis to which it gives rise.

Here is the final collection of articles and speeches by the bestselling and world-renowned novelist, essayist, and philosopher.

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Rand's strident right-wing rhetoric is on display in these posthumously collected essays. Upholding egoistic self-interest as the wellspring of capitalism, she derides liberals ``crawling on their stomachs to Moscow'' and targets ``psychologizers'' who excuse the behavior of ``college-campus thugs'' and criminals; in her estimation, the modern arts are a ``sewer.'' Novelist Atlas Shrugged and self-styled Objectivist philosopher, Rand, who died in 1982, staunchly opposes a ``mixed economy,'' a term which seems to stand for anything contrary to unregulated monopoly capitalism. Liberals should appreciate her diatribe against the Catholic Church's opposition to birth control and abortion. Her eulogy of Marilyn Monroe is sentimental and silly, while her argument to the effect that no psychologically balanced woman would want to be U.S. president is old-fashioned. In supplementary essays, Peikoff, an Objectivist follower of Rand, condemns the New Right's religious zeal and attacks socialized medicine. Jan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452010468
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Series: The Ayn Rand Library
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 622,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

The Voice of Reason - Essays in Objectivist Thought by Ayn Rand Edited and with Additional Essays by Leonard Peikoff

Introductionby Leonard Peikoff
Part One: Philosophy
1. Introducing Objectivism
2. Review of Aristotle by John Herman Randall, Jr.
3. To Young Scientists
4. Who Is the Final Authority in Ethics?
5. The Psychology of Psychologizing
6. Altruism as Appeasement
7. The Question of Scholarships
8. Of Living Death
9. Religion vs. America - by Leonard Peikoff
Part Two: Culture
10. The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age
11. Our Cultural Value-Deprivation
12. Global Balkanization
13. How to Read (and Not to Write)
14. The Lessons of Vietnam
15. The Sanction of the Victims
16. Through Your Most Grievous Fault
17. Apollo 11
18. Epitaph for a Culture
19. Assault from the Ivory Tower: The Professors' War Against America - by Leonard Peikoff
20. The American School: Why Johnny Can't Think - by Leonard Peikoff
Part Three: Politics
21. Representation Without Authorization
22. To Dream the Noncommercial Dream
23. Tax Credits for Education
24. Antitrust: The Rule of Unreason
25. The Pull Peddlers
26. About a Woman President
27. The Inverted Moral Priorities
28. Hunger and Freedom
29. How Not to Fight Against Socialized Medicine
30. Medicine: The Death of a Profession - by Leonard Peikoff
31. Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty - by Peter Schwartz
Epilogue: My Thirty Years with Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir - by Leonard Peikoff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    This one completes the essay collection series

    Rand became a writer in order to do novels, not nonfiction. She could maintain interest in nonfiction subjects over the space of an essay time after time but detested the idea of writing long theoretical volumes, and in fact never did. So the only two nonfiction sources of Rand's views would be either Leonard Peikoff's 'Objectivism' book, which she was co-editing at the time of her death, or the now-common essay collections published in the 1960's and 70's. These collections brought together disparate pieces on common subjects like ethics, capitalism, art or general philosophy. VOICE OF REASON is best seen as the last of those collections. VOR, like the other collections, draws from many sources: in this case, newspaper columns, short essays in Rand's early self-published newsletters and her speeches at Boston's Ford Hall Forum. The material is organized into three categories, Philosophy, Culture and Politics, a scheme which provides an organizational benefit. The first category presents matters of the highest importance and least option, and the latter two serve to keep separate lower-order matters of application, of interest in order to observe how Rand's mind worked in specific rather than in broad contexts.

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