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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 ...

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Overview

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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In this collection of lectures originally given in 1983 and here edited by Berliner (cochairman, board of directors, Ayn Rand Inst.; Letters of Ayn Rand), Peikoff (founder, Ayn Ran Inst.; Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand), Ayn Rand's literary and philosophical heir, presents an analysis of Rand's philosophy of objectivism and the role it can play in an individual's life. According to Peikoff, one doesn't just study objectivism; instead, one comes to understand it through philosophical analysis and then by living by its principles and values. He writes that objectivism is meant as an aid in using the full potential of the mind to understand oneself and the world; it functions by uniting the two mental processes of abstraction and perception. This unison increases comprehension of events in the world and allows the practitioner to view events in a more positive manner; this will, in turn, enhance one's overall success and happiness. VERDICT This is not meant to be an introduction to objectivism, but readers who have read Rand's writings and are looking for a more in-depth examination of her theories will find it highly appealing.—Scott Duimstra, Capital Area Dist. Lib., Lansing, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236296
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,400,077
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Preface vii

From Leonard Peikoff ix

Lecture 1 The Role of Philosophy 1

Lecture 2 Life as the Standard of Value 37

Lecture 3 Honesty, Importance of Principles 69

Lecture 4 Force and Rights 110

Lecture 5 The Hierarchy of Objectivism 145

Lecture 6 Objectivism Versus the Intrinsic and Subjective 171

Lecture 7 Rationalism 209

Lecture 8 Rationalism and Empiricism 242

Lecture 9 Objectivism Versus Rationalism and Empiricism 269

Lecture 10 Emotions and Moral Judgment 308

Lecture 11 Intellectual Honesty 350

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