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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
I bought this as an auido book because I was doing a lot of commuting and did not really have the opportunity to read the written form of the work. The narrative style is clear and concise and the quality is excellent. Even though it is many many hours long it never seeemed boring or repetitive. I cannot commend the work highly enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointingly unoriginal presentation of Objectivism
I have read all of Ayn Rand's published works and the works of many of her followers. Perhaps if I had not, I would have been more impressed with this book. Leonard Peikoff was appointed Rand's "intellectual heir" following her break with the Branden's. It would seem the primary qualification for Peikoff's position is that he be of unquestioning loyalty. The...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening, 5 Nov. 2010
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I bought this as an auido book because I was doing a lot of commuting and did not really have the opportunity to read the written form of the work. The narrative style is clear and concise and the quality is excellent. Even though it is many many hours long it never seeemed boring or repetitive. I cannot commend the work highly enough.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of a rational, life/man-loving philosophy, 1 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) (Paperback)
Mr. Peikoff has cogently assembled all the principles of Objectivism into a hierarchical, systematic, lucid, comprehensive system of ideas-that system being the philosophy of Ayn Rand: Objectivism. After reading this book you will know how to think clearly in terms of principles, axioms, logic, etc., and you will understand Ayn Rand's philosophy completely, and more so when and if you read her works. The reason why I love this book and Objectivism as a philosophy is because it is true, and that it is the only philosophy in existence which basically says, in a nutshell: that man's life is the standard, or standard of moral value and that happiness is each man's moral obligation and goal, that life is precious, and that it is yours to live it. Have you ever heard or read any other philosophy or religion, such as Christianity or Judaism tell you this? Think about it. The entire philosophy of Objectivism, every 5 branches of it, from metaphysics to esthetics, is devoted to the elaboration and explication of these principles. In other words, the purpose of all philosophy--properly--is to further, sustain, and preserve your life. What else is it or should it be for? Informally, Ayn Rand called her philosophy, "A philosophy for living on earth," but formally called it Objectivism. Anyone who doubts the truth and honesty of this philosophy must either be dishonest, irrational or a collectivist. After all, how can someone deny the truth of 1+1=2 and expect to not have conflict in their lives? Every principle of Objectivism can be proven by logic and reference to the facts and concrete existents in reality. So never mind the smears, misrepresentations and outright lies perpetrated by some against Ayn Rand and Objectivism. The ones that do this have no arguments and in fact present no arguments against Objectivism, which is why they resort to smears. This is indicative and telling only of the person(s) perpetrating the attack (known as ad hominem) rather than the person being attacked in the attack. If you want to seriously know what Objectivism is then read, and more importantly, STUDY AND LEARN it for yourselves, rather than from fourth-hand accounts from people who know little or nothing about it, or from those who are hell-bent on outright lying. And please, don't take my word for it either, since I would be guilty of the same crime as those I have mentioned. This book changed my life because it taught me how to apply abstract principles to innumerable, everyday concrete situations in all areas of life. This is what philosophy is and should be for, and this is why I am giving this book five well-deserved, morally-earned stars. Bravo and cheers to you Mr. Peikoff for giving the world a systematic presentation of a rational, life-giving philosophy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable presentation of Objectivism, 23 July 1998
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This review is from: Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) (Paperback)
This book makes a profound contribution to the Objectivist literature: it presents, in detail and in one volume, the essentials of Ayn Rand's philosophy. It is an invaluable aid for students of Objectivism--very comprehensive, and yet also very fun to read. A tremendous accomplishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of Ayn Rand's philosophy., 24 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) (Paperback)
In a magnificent achievement, Leonard Peikoff lays down the whole hierarchical structure of Objectivism. Essential reading for those who care about understanding Objectivism.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Develop a Winning mind, 18 Jun. 1999
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Detractors from this awesome work will resort to name calling and slick truisms...emotional manipulation is the tool of the value destructive individual. Use your own mind... and explore the rational and beautiful world of objectivism. Unfortunately, few grasp what real objectivism is about and even so called objectivists have turned the philosophy into a do-nothing cult of ivory-tower preachers and finger-pointing time wasters endlessly arguing the finer points to appear scholarly...achieving an illusion of power over others by bullying the less integrated person. Objectivism isn't about discussing the finer points of its philosophy on elitist newsgroups..its about living in the trenches everyday as a fully integrated and honest individual weilding the power of rational thought and judgement...This book provides the key for just that. Unfortunately, due to her mysticisms, Rand never lived to systematically lay her work down. Peikoff, her intellectual heir, has acheived this systematization in clear and lucid fashion. Read and grow.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peikoff clarifies Rands' philosophy as no one else could!, 13 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) (Paperback)
From the opening page, you know you are in good hands with Dr. Peikoff. His explanation of the Objectivist philosophy is as clear as anyone could possibly write it. Not all of us have two years of philosophy at the college level, so Peikoff's book is much appreciated! Having previously read almost all of Ayn Rand's essay collections, this book helps to focus objectivism and is a perfect refresher course. Some have critiqued here about Dr. Peikoff's lack of "originality". Nonsense, I say! The obvious goal of this book is to be a primer for Ayn Rand's ideas, not to go off on some tangent of his own. This book is a must read for anyone with an open mind.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointingly unoriginal presentation of Objectivism, 28 Feb. 1998
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This review is from: Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) (Paperback)
I have read all of Ayn Rand's published works and the works of many of her followers. Perhaps if I had not, I would have been more impressed with this book. Leonard Peikoff was appointed Rand's "intellectual heir" following her break with the Branden's. It would seem the primary qualification for Peikoff's position is that he be of unquestioning loyalty. The result is a truly unoriginal book. You best have all of Rand's books on hand as Peikoff does little more than refer you to her writings. Peikoff is far from the intellectual giant that Rand was.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with Rand's own writings, 30 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Ayn Rand Library) (Paperback)
Peikoff basically took over Rand's philosophical vices but lacks her virtues, the rhetorical fire of her novels for which she is most famous. This book doesn't stack up to her novels, _The Fountainhead_ and _Atlas Shrugged_. I find it unfortunate that *this* is the book that the "Objectivist" followers of Piekoff are trying to use to introduce academic philosophers to Rand's philosophy (with their advertisements in philosophical journals with the offer to send a free copy of the book to professors who ask for it), because once they start into this book, they won't take Objectivism seriously. The book exhibits poor scholarship (except when it comes to quoting Rand's own words), erects straw-men all over the place, and presents us with pseudo-profundities like "existence exists" as a supposed answer to various philosophical problems, when the "solutions" offered to all the philosophical problems are naive, simplistic and often downright unconvincing. This is not to say that this didn't occur a lot in Rand's own writings, especially her non-fiction. Without her novels, her philosophy would never have gained a following, especially among serious philosophers. Peikoff doesn't have the achievement of novels; he has no independent achievement to speak of; he is a second-hander upon Rand and likely never even came to understand the philosophy himself. He's a third-rate intellectual writing books that do a disservice to Objectivism, Rand and her legacy. Why some people are so impressed by him I cannot honestly understand.
I would expect that you could substitute much of OPAR (with the exception of a few things that appear in chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5 that don't appear in Rand's published writings) with just a few of Rand's own writings -- some non-fiction essays and some speeches from her novels -- that contain the essentials of her philosophy, which I expect will be contained in the forthcoming _Ayn Rand Reader_. Beyond these essential writings, however, even Rand's own work -- especially the non-fiction -- becomes less and less important philosophical exposition and more and more of the bad philosophical style and tone that detracts from her work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No replacement for Rand, but worth a read, 15 Nov. 1998
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Dr. Leonard Peikoff's main qualification for writing this book seems to be that he is able to parrot the words of Ayn Rand without criticizing them in the slightest, nor in some cases even understanding them. For example, he consistently treats the virtue of "rationality" as a sort of intrinsic value of its own quite apart from its role in the achievement of values, and indiscriminately classes all kinds of irrationality together as equally evil in the blackest way; and generally speaking, he tends to divorce virtue from its place in successful living and treat it as a deontological floating abstraction. Granted that Rand at her worst sometimes showed the same tendencies, Rand at her best knew better. Peikoff apparently does not. That said, however, it is almost unthinkable that a longtime associate of Ayn Rand could write such a book without saying _anything_ helpful about Objectivism. And Peikoff does not thoroughly disappoint: though in many ways untrue to Rand's spirit, he does have a fairly sound grasp of the logical structure of Objectivism and does present it fairly clearly in its own right, though his ravings against its enemies should not be taken seriously here or elsewhere. In short, this is a handy book for those already familiar with Objectivism but not an adequate introduction to (or substitute for) the actual writings of Rand herself. Those who want to read the work of a worthy successor who agrees with Rand at her best but is something more than an intellectual puppet are advised to read David Kelley instead. Peikoff ain't it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive integration of Ayn Rand's philosophy., 14 Nov. 1998
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This philosophy book starts with the basic conceptual framework (What is reality?) and builds from there. This is a powerful philosophy and it makes mincemeat out of many cherished philisophical concepts by replacing them with better concepts. Rand critisizes the two dominant strains of philosophy: 1) those based on the idea that knowledge is planted in our head from some otherworldly mystical force or being and 2) those that are based on the idea that knowledge can come only from the physical senses, which makes any knowledge impossible because the senses delude us. For Rand, the physical senses do not delude; they are exact but limited. True knowledge comes from the rational mind interpreting the input from the physical senses. As Rand's philosophy shows, our senses do not delude us at all. They reliably and consistently (under the same conditions) report information to the brain and it is up to our brain to interpret the data. Thus Rand shows that human knowledge is real and that it can be added to. New scientific knowledge does not disprove old scientific knowledge, it merely enhances it, expands it and enables us to understand even more. Mathmatics is seen as extending the physical senses and concepts (like "chair") are seen as form without measurement. The author also explains Rand's views on judging. Nature cannot be judged, it simply is. The works of man, however, must be judged. The author explains Rand's moral framework. This philosophy is remarkable in that it creates a moral framework without resorting to dogma or religion but to reason. Other philosophies based on reason turn to nihilism because there is "no reason" for anything in particular. Rand shows that morality cannot exist without reason and that reason is the fount (or should I say Fountainhead?) of morality. It is astonishing what is covered in this book, from sex to science to politics to trade. This is a comprehensive philisophical system with all the pieces fitting neatly together. It is well worth the read and, for the time-starved reader, it could be much better than reading the many essays and books by Rand and trying to put the pieces of Rands philosophy together yourself.
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