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.
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Must read for everybody who is interested in Objectivism and Ayn Rand. I read Atlas Shrugged first, but I don't like fiction, was looking for a condensed statement of Ayn Rand's ideas and philosophy of Objectivism, and I found that book of Leonard Peikoff. The book is perfect, easy to read, full of brilliant logic. “Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy,” Miss Rand wrote that year in The Ayn Rand Letter, “Dr. Peikoff’s course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of Objectivism, i.e., the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate.” Peikoff, Leonard (1993-12-01). Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) . Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.
Any Rand is the best influential thinker since Aristotle!
This book is not written by her but provides a good summary of her philosophy/ideas and is a great introduction to Objectivism. I recommend reading this book AFTER reading Atlas Shrugged and then at least least one of her non-fiction works (Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Virtue of Selfishness, For the New Intellectual). Otherwise, some of the concepts discussed in this book will seem confusing.
Having read some philosophical treatises, I was prepared to have to wrestle with this one. Not the case. The explanations are very accessible and Peikoff makes a good case for Objectivism. If you're curious about Ayn Rand, but don't want to take the time to read her books, this is a very nice intro/summary.
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