Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the preeminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for thirty years and was designated. This brilliantly conceived and organized book is Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s classic text on the abstract principles and practical applications of Objectivism. This brilliantly conceived and organized book is Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s classic text on the abstract principles and practical applications of Objectivism, based on.

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To ask other readers questions about Objectivismplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This is by far the most systematic explanation of Objectivism anyone is ever likely to get. While there is nothing here that can’t be found in Ayn Rand’s numerous essays and fictional novels this book collects all of the thoughts and puts them in order so that they are easier to understand for those who are new to Objectivism.

For those who don’t know what Objectivism is I will try to provide a obhectivism explanation here. Objectivism is the philosophy of writer and philosopher Ayn Rand. Rand created This is by far the most systematic explanation of Ohjectivism anyone is ever likely to get. Rand created it while writing “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, which are fictional novels driven by heroes who follow a different set of ideals than those espoused pei,off the current society both then and now.

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

The philosophy has five bases. First, that existence exists independently of our minds. Secondly, that our senses and our minds are not faulty but completely healthy and competent tools for perceiving existence. This does not mean that the tools are PERFECT; if they were we would not need to invent tools to enhance our perceptions such as microscopes, telescopes, x-rays, etc. Instead it simply means that unless there is a physical defect with our senses they do in fact feed us accurate data about the world.

Thirdly, all living organisms, including humans, act for their own survival. Thus the standard for all of our actions should be our own survival, as opposed to our own self destruction.

The Philosophy of Objectivism

Fourthly, all human beings are independent individuals leonad nature and should be treated as such. The violation of other human beings’ independence through the use of force is anti-life and therefore immoral.

Last, but not least, the pbjectivism mind needs models to look up to, an embodied set of ideals that we can contemplate to inspire ourselves to heroic heights in our daily lives.

Such is the proper function of art. This is all explained in detail, step by step, starting with the most basic observations and building to the final conclusions which I don’t have lleonard enough space to do here. So if these ideas are in any way intriguing, objedtivism because you agree or disagree, I would recommend you read this book. Some people, having heard all sorts of slanders and slurs of Ayn Rand and her work without ever having taken the opportunity to read it may be leary of picking this book up.

Just keep in mind that people who try to prevent you from seeing something generally have a vested interest in doing so. Are such people afraid that their own ideas are easily proven wrong and therefore the only way to convince people to follow them is to keep them away from all other ideas? I would strongly encourage people to read the book for themselves and make up their own minds, rather than relying on the judgments of others.


I would especially recommend this book to those who are already committed atheists. Because Rand’s philosophy is based on an objective universe, it rejects outright any claim lbjectivism the supernatural. Furthermore, her philosophy, and Peikoff’s formulation in particular, offers unique philosophical arguments against religion kbjectivism can’t be found anywhere else.

For instance, it explains why atheists Stalin and Mao were every bit as oppressive and evil as their religious counterparts a common argument from Christians which I have found few, if any, atheists able to accurately argue against.

For those who may not be interested in plain philosophy and technical arguments Peikofff would recommend “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” which contain the same ideas expressed through characters and their actions the most ideal means of expressing them oeikoff Rand’s view.

Mar 02, sologdin rated it did not like it Shelves: Second supplemental to multi-part review series. Ayn Rand was not a systematic thinker or writer, so Peikoff must serve as her interpreter, drawing together into leonar relatively coherent whole her disparate, repetitive tantrums that randomly re-surface like Whac-a-Mole on crack rock.

Peikoff is much more charming than Rand, too, which is a virtue. But precisely because all of Objectivism is presented here in a centralized narrative, it becomes vulnerable to a decapitation strike.

Let Objectivism be Second supplemental to multi-part review series. Key to Objectivism is the confrontation with Evil.

Draw out the pronunciation like Mermaidman to get the full effect: The confrontation can go two ways: One of the villains feared by Objectivism appears in the distinction between force and violence, wherein the latter is simply a species of the former–both are equally Evil: We do not seek to preserve the present system, but to change it at the root. The desired capitalism is purely fictive: And purity is extremely significant: Fascists conceive of the nation as peokoff organism, shaped by historic, cultural, and in some cases, ethnic peukoff hereditary factors, a mythic construct incompatible with liberal, objetivism, and communist theories of society.

The fascist process of national regeneration demands radical measures to create or assert national oeonard and strength. In terms of form, fascism arises out of the perceived crisis of liberalism, with the assistance of traditional rightwing groups, under threat from an alleged leftwing menace, during the period of mass politics 42 ff. Rebirth of the US through revolution is equivalent to saving Rome, saving the world, even.

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff

They disagree with socialists, liberals, conservatives. Force in this conception is leoard action of the state against individual rights, even when authorized by electoral process, carried out by bureaucrats.

Objectivism assumes a mythic independent, free-willed individual, who not only freely chooses actions, but freely chooses thoughts, beliefs, desires, whether to focus the mind, whether to be rational.

It is a religion beyond all others in its lack of rigor.

This free independent individual is oppressed by the state–we leonrd from Rand that the industrialist is the most oppressed creature in the world–urged by looters, moochers, evaders, parasites, ivory tower intellectuals, scheming public servants, criminals, communists–the League of Evil that hates the good because it is good.

The victims must reclaim the state, boycott the Evil, and retaliate against the initiators of force–the altruists. They are obsessed with the imagined decline and humiliation of the large industrialist, placing modern transnational corporations into nostalgic relation with the robber barons.

They wish to purify capitalism of decadent and false democratic rights to return peikofv the mythologized golden leojard of the 19th century. Though they speak of “individual rights,” it is very much a matter of an “American revolution.

Though Objectivism adopts an ersatz liberalism with its “individual rights” language, it actually only recognizes the right to property, which it regards as absolute, not subject to democratic adjustment. This is evidence therefore of a profound illiberalism, as is the complete contempt for egalitarianism, which was an essential component of classical liberalism ab initio.

At no point does Objectivism engage with Locke, Montesquieu, or any other Enlightenment figures. That Objectivism regards subjects of dictatorship as living dead–zombies to be assassinated casually–and that it considers the slightest corruption of any part to extend to complete corruption of the whole, it is fair to state that it regards the subjects of the mixed economy to be similarly zombified, subject to the same retaliation by property-owners that might be exercised against criminals, bureaucrats, looters, moochers, communists, and so on.


Any platitudes about individual rights for everyone should be taken in this context, in which the Objectivist “obligation to lie” is triggered: What remains after the lying is bracketed: Conclusion Based on the above and foregoing, we find that the world would undoubtedly come to a horrifying end in Objectivist hands.

I accordingly declare any and all Objectivists to be hostis humani generis. Recommended for those who feel the glee of the destroyer, the mind-hater, the nihilist; walking corpses who have just consigned themselves to the void; and subverters of every rational virtue. View all 17 comments. May 11, Gary rated it did not like it.

I didn’t know how convoluted and inane Ayn Rand’s so called philosophy really was until I read this book. She makes the author of this book her “intellectual heir”. That’s spooky, but that gives me the opportunity to attack Ayn Rand and not the author of the book. What on Earth Am I Here for? Both books were a slog to wade through and I didn’t know how convoluted and inane Ayn Rand’s so called philosophy really was until I read this book. Both books were a slog to wade through and both had similar absolutist perspectives on the world which bordered on nuttiness.

I understand Objectivism now after having read this book. There is a reason why philosophers ignore it, and wanna be intellectual high schoolers embrace it.

It’s so much nicer to see the world in absolutes and divide the world into black and white as Ayn Rand does with her philosophy than it is to actually understand the complexity of the world and actually make complex decisions using all the tools at our disposal instead of a one dimensional world view such as this book does and such as “The Purpose Driven Life” did. Unfortunately, we don’t life in a comic book and there are nuances to our world and neither book provides any insight beyond bromides.

Her philosophy and I hate using that word to characterize it covers metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy, politics and aesthetics. Each topic is explained exactly as a sixth grader would cover it. Her argumentation would often revert to “I reject that” or just quote her created fictional character, Howard Roark, by simply saying “isn’t it though?

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She really believed what she wrote in her books and that’s what goes into her philosophy. Her metaphysics really amount to “the thing is the thing”, and that there pbjectivism an objective reality that is knowable for knowledge leonad the real world her epistemology and for knowledge about the good her ethics.

She thinks that essences are real and a correct taxonomy about the world must exist and is knowable by man she says. The peikff would always use the word ‘man’, except when insults towards women were occasionally being tossed about.

Her ontology would only give credence to only a now and would lead to Einstein’s block universe and that would necessitate a necessary universe. I make no statement on free will as such, but the way she has created her metaphysical principals would lead her to a deterministic world view in the mode of Einstein’s block universe, the opposite from what she wants to show. Also, essences as she assumes exist would mean Darwin’s evolution by natural selection would not be possible because species would objecitvism to be a rigid category and not fluid as Darwin made them.