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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand | [Leonard Peikoff]

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

This brilliantly conceived book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976 entitled, "The Philosophy of Objectivism". The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and who also joined Peikoff in answering questions.
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This brilliantly conceived book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976 entitled, "The Philosophy of Objectivism". The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and who also joined Peikoff in answering questions. 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 own knowledge to be fully accurate."

Peikoff, as Rand's foremost interpreter, here reveals both the abstract fundamentals of objectivism and its practical applications, with much new material that Rand offered only in private conversations with Peikoff.

©1991 Leonard Peikoff; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"A revelation. Peikoff is an extraordinary communicator....He brings the most difficult intellectual ideas within the grasp of the general reader....An awesome intellectual experience." (Detroit Free Press)

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    Jordan Drummond 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Most Important philisophical achievement"
    Where does Objectivism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among all the books on audible I have read it is surpassed only by Rands own writings. Dr Peikoff brilliantly presents Rands revolutionary philosophy.


    What other book might you compare Objectivism to and why?

    Anything by Ayn Rand


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part of the book is his discussion of the formation of concepts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction. That reaction was one of exhilarating joy. This book helped make clear to me a who new rational method of thought and along with Rands writings has changed my life


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    Keith ST PETERSBURG, FL, United States 02-11-14
    Keith ST PETERSBURG, FL, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It's The Truth, And Nothing But The Truth"
    What did you love best about Objectivism?

    The lifting of the vail from over my eyes.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Altruism is a recipe for relinquishment of control over yourself to others and failed dreams.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter J. Meza Colorado Springs, CO United States 11-19-13
    Peter J. Meza Colorado Springs, CO United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Objectivism 1, Me 0"

    I am an Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff fan. I could not make it past the first chapter or two of this audiobook. The concepts are broken down into such primitive elementals that attention flags. Do you really want to know how a child classifies a table? I suppose these elementary concepts are all put together again to establish the philosophy of Objectivism that we all know and love, but I just could not endure the punishment of listening to it all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Johan FINSPANG, Sweden 04-28-12
    Johan FINSPANG, Sweden 04-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Essential listening"
    What made the experience of listening to Objectivism the most enjoyable?

    Good narrator, excellent content


    Any additional comments?

    There's some issues with Peikoff describing Rand. Remember that this isn't Rand's view of objectivism, despite being portrayed as such - this is Peikoff's view of Rand's view. It's probably the best account of Ayn Rand's opinions to date, but still not her own account.

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    David United States 01-15-12
    David United States 01-15-12
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    "I forced myself to sit through 5 hours of this"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Objectivism?

    Leave the first sentence of each chapter, cut the rest, and end up with the exact same information in under five minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the problem is Ran'd philosophy itself, which, depending on your take on modern physics and neurology, is either tautologically true and thus a waste of brain cells (

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2011

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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    "Yawn!"

    If you really, really, really care about this kind of stuff, you might try to get through it. The narration is perfect--it's read with the same kind of sneering superiority one would expect from Ayn herself.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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