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Objectivism : The Philosophy of Ayn Rand,9780452011014

Objectivism : The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

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Pub. Date:
12/1/1993
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Plume
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Summary

The definitive statement of Ayn Rand's philosophy, written by the preeminent Rand exponent and scholar. Illustrated with excerpts from her published works, complete with an abundance of new material that Rand communicated only in private conversation with Peikoff, this book illuminates Objectivism--and its creator--with brilliant clarity.

Author Biography

Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the pre-eminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for 30 years and was designated by her as her intellectual heir and heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at Hunter College, Long Island University, and New York University, and hosted the national radio talk show "Philosophy: Who Needs It."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Preface xiii
Reality
1(36)
Existence, Consciousness, and Identity as the Basic Axioms
4(8)
Causality as a Corollary of Identity
12(5)
Existence as Possessing Primacy Over Consciousness
17(6)
The Metaphysically Given as Absolute
23(7)
Idealism and Materialism as the Rejection of Basic Axioms
30(7)
Sense Perception and Volition
37(36)
The Senses as Necessarily Valid
39(5)
Sensory Qualities as Real
44(4)
Consciousness as Possessing Identity
48(4)
The Perceptual Level as the Given
52(3)
The Primary Choice as the Choice to Focus or Not
55(7)
Human Actions, Mental and Physical, as Both Caused and Free
62(7)
Volition as Axiomatic
69(4)
Concept-Formation
73(37)
Differentiation and Integration as the Means to a Unit-Perspective
74(7)
Concept-Formation as a Mathematical Process
81(10)
Concepts of Consciousness as Involving Measurement-Omission
91(5)
Definition as the Final Step in Concept-Formation
96(9)
Concepts as Devices to Achieve Unit-Economy
105(5)
Objectivity
110(42)
Concepts as Objective
111(5)
Objectivity as Volitional Adherence to Reality by the Method of Logic
116(5)
Knowledge as Contextual
121(8)
Knowledge as Hierarchical
129(13)
Intrinsicism and Subjectivism as the Two Forms of Rejecting Objectivity
142(10)
Reason
152(35)
Emotions as a Product of Ideas
153(6)
Reason as Man's only Means of Knowledge
159(4)
The Arbitrary as Neither True Nor False
163(8)
Certainy as Contextual
171(11)
Mysticism and Skepticism as Denials of Reason
182(5)
Man
187(19)
Living Organisms as Goal-Directed and Conditional
189(4)
Reason as Man's Basic Means of Survival
193(5)
Reason as an Attribute of the Individual
198(8)
The Good
206(44)
``Life'' as the Essential Root of ``Value''
207(6)
Man's Life as the Standard of Moral Value
213(7)
Rationality as the Primary Virtue
220(9)
The Individual as the Proper Beneficiary of His Own Moral Action
229(12)
Values as Objective
241(9)
Virtue
250(75)
Independence as a Primary Orientation to Reality, Not to Other Men
251(8)
Integrity as Loyalty to Rational Principles
259(8)
Honesty as the Rejection of Unreality
267(9)
Justice as Rationality in the Evaluation of Men
276(16)
Productiveness as the Adjustment of Nature to Man
292(11)
Pride as Moral Ambitiousness
303(7)
The Initiation of Physical Force as Evil
310(15)
Happiness
325(25)
Virtue as Practical
326(9)
Happiness as the Normal Condition of Man
335(8)
Sex as Metaphysical
343(7)
Government
350(28)
Individual Rights as Absolutes
351(12)
Government as an Agency to Project Rights
363(6)
Statism as the Politics of Unreason
369(9)
Capitalism
378(35)
Capitalism as the Only Moral Social System
380(15)
Capitalism as the System of Objectivity
395(11)
Opposition to Capitalism as Dependent on Bad Epistemology
406(7)
Art
413(38)
Art as a Concretization of Metaphysics
414(14)
Romantic Literature as Illustrating the Role of Philosophy in Art
428(10)
Esthetic Value as Objective
438(13)
Epilogue: The Duel Between Plato and Aristotle 451(10)
References 461(18)
Index 479


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