Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

“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, i.e., the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate.” — AYN RAND

 

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (OPAR) by Leonard Peikoff

Ayn Rand’s philosophical ideas are spread through hundreds of fiction and non-fiction works, radio addresses, taped and untaped lectures, seminars, and discussions.

Until the publication of Peikoff’s magnum opus Objectivism (OPAR) ,there was no single book, the interested student of philosophy could turn to, that presented Rand’s philosophy as a single integrated whole. Thanks to Dr. Peikoff this is no longer the case.

Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand covers every philosophical topic that Ayn Rand held as important–from the objectivity of concepts and the metaphysical nature of man to the virtue of selfishness and the purpose of art, this book covers it–and more. It is clear (Peikoff is a lucid writer), organized (the book presents Rand’s philosophy from the ground up, thus showing how her philosophical statement that capitalism is the moral system is inseparably tied to the metaphysical observation that A is A), and tightly written (Peikoff focuses only on essentials).

If you ever had any questions on the philosophy that Ayn Rand presented in her novels, or on the subject of philosophy in general (college students take note), this book has the answers you are looking for.

Said Ayn Rand on the lecture course given by Dr. Peikoff on which this later book is based: “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, i.e., the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate.”

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

Reality

What Philosophy is, and How to Study It 

Sense Perception & Volition

Concept Formation

Objectivity

Reason

Man

The Good

Virtue

Happiness

Government

Capitalism

Art

Epilogue: The Duel Between Plato and Aristotle

References
Index

 

 

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (OPAR) by Leonard Peikoff