Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION—The definitive statement of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as interpreted by her best student and chosen heir.
This brilliantly conceived and organized book is Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s classic text on the abstract principles and practical applications of Objectivism, based on his lecture series “The Philosophy of Objectivism.” Ayn Rand said of these lectures: “Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff’s course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of Objectivism—that is, the only one that I know of my knowledge to be fully accurate.”
In Objectivism, Peikoff covers every philosophic topic that Rand regarded as important—from certainty to money, from logic to art, from measurement to sex. Drawn from Rand’s published works as well as in-depth conversations between her and Peikoff, these chapters illuminate Objectivism—and its creator—with startling clarity. With Objectivism, the millions of readers who have been transformed by Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead will discover the full philosophical system underlying Ayn Rand’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452011014
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Series: Ayn Rand Library Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 796,841
Product dimensions: 7.92(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leonard Peikoff is the preeminent Ayn Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Rand in New York City for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at several places, including Hunter College and New York University. Dr. Peikoff is the author of The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out and The Cause of Hitler’s Germany. He grew up in Western Canada and now lives in Southern California. He also hosted the national radio talk show "Philosophy: Who Needs It."

Date of Birth:

February 2, 1905

Date of Death:

March 6, 1982

Place of Birth:

St. Petersburg, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd, 1924

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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my lifetime I have read this book a number of times, and I love it. I am however quite partial to Objectivism, and am a big fan of Leonard Peikoff and Ayn Rand, and have been for many years. In fact I'm the biggest Ayn Rand enthusiast I know, but I live in Utah, Utah being the citadel of intellectual expression that it is, I doubt there are many Objectivist in my vicinity. But anyway, OPAR is a great book, and *the* comprehensive expression of Ayn Rands philosophy written by *the* worlds foremost expert on the philosophy. Though the book is not too complicated or technical it is often overlooked in its brillant presentation of the worlds greatest, and soon-to-be-discovered, philosophy. And as far as the Peikoff-bashers that one comes across from time to time, you know, those who claim that he is some philosophical-phony, a pretentious cultist cashing in on a best-selling novelists corpse I would bet money that in actual life Dr. Peikoff is an amazing man, a remarkable thinker, a top-notch philosopher with unbelievable integrity. And it would be a dream come true to actually spend time with this man, because no matter how exciting it is to read the writings of great philosophers such as Russell, Spinoza, Blanshard, Plato, Neitzche, etc., there is *nothing* like reading the work of a great Objectivist!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those people who have read Ayn Rand¿s novels and want to learn more about her ideas, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand is the book to read. For those people who haven't read any of Ayn Rand's novel, this is still the book to read. One unique feature of Ayn Rand¿s novels We the Living, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged is that they help to express her very original philosophical ideas, which she later called Objectivism. But from these novels, it is difficult to understand the logical structure of Rand¿s philosophy. Some people might get the impression that Ayn Rand was primarily concerned with politics, but in fact, she wrote on all branches of philosophy, from metaphysics to epistemology to esthetics. Leonard Peikoff is very knowledgeable about Objectivism because he knew Ayn Rand and studied her philosophy for most of his life. His purpose in writing this book is to put her philosophical ideas together in one text starting with the foundation of metaphysics and epistemology, and then showing how these fundamental ideas logically led to Rand¿s views on ethics, politics, and esthetics. Even though Peikoff takes on some very abstract subjects, he never fails to write in a very clear style, using several concrete examples to help in understanding. One doesn¿t need a degree in philosophy to understand this well-written book.
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Brilliantly rational, or, to steal a line, '...but of course.'