Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology: Expanded Second Edition Paperback – Abridged, Audiobook, Box set
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About the Author
AYN RAND is the author of "Anthem, The Fountainhead, " and "Atlas Shrugged", and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.
Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the preeminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at Hunter College, Long Island University, and New York University and lectures on Rand's philosophy throughout the country. He lives in Southern California.
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Rand used the term altruism, in its original meaning (as used by philosopher August Comte who coined the term): self-sacrifice.
To Rand, to sacrifice a greater value (say your beloved child), for the sake of a lessor value (some strangers you did not know) was wrong. (I agree).
To save your beloved wife from drowning would be selfish--because you loved her; to let her die to save some other stranger--when you loved your wife--would be unselfish.
Selfish, as Rand uses the term, means to act in ones own LONG-TERM rational self-interest.
It does not mean that one cannot have friends--only that "friends" who stab you in the back are not really your friends.
In fact, if you think about it: love is selfish. To paraphrase Rand, before one can say 'I love you', one must first learn to say the word 'I'.
Of course, if one actually READ the book, one would know this. If one reads the book, and still holds these distorted views of Rand's work, then one is either stupid, or dishonest.
This does not mean one may still not disagree--there are some things I disagree with Rand on; but, one should not stoop to dishonest smears, name-calling, and outright lies about her work.
IOE is difficult reading, and it is suggested the reader first consult Leonard Peikoff's Objectivism (also available through amazon.com) which serves as an excellent introduction to IOE, as well as a supplement in that it covers several important points on Miss Rand's epistemological views not covered in IOE.
The criticisms about this book are shoddy, to say the least. I usually don't comment on what others say, but this is too silly to pass up. "Scott Ryan" says that Rand's ideas hold the theory of a priori knowledge, but that is patently false. He also says that negation and necessity would be hard to deal with, but that is not obvious at all. Negation, for example, is part of logical operations on concepts, and its differentia is reversing (negating) said concept.
"A reader" says that we cannot use measurement-omission unless we know the concepts of length, colour, etc. But that is akin to saying that a baby needs to know what "identity" means before he acquires such. They are all perceptual characteristics which can be used implicitly.
However, a word of warning, diving into objectivism isn't something anyone should do without the necessary back ground to understand the context. The world generally sees Rand as a monster, those that have read Atlas Shrugged and declare themselves Randian acolytes probably haven't a clue about the brilliance of the philosophy. Rand herself would tell any acolyte that they must not accept at face value the value of any work, particularly hers. If you don't grasp objectivism it's perfectly understandable because it is almost alien, it inverts thousands of years of philosophy in order to come up with a very radical solution. The solution is every bit as important as Einsteins field equations, but, unlike Einstein she does not have the luxury of creating something that only effects the ideas of a tiny few who grasp the significance of a theory. Objectivism applies to everyone, in every way possible and that is a deeply polarising philosophy in a world which has not yet asked the question 'why it should man need a moral code' ? and if he requires one then how does he begin to know what it should be ? this is the field of ethics and it is a scientific field of study, not simply one of whimsical discussion.
There are those who would detract from her towering achievement based on the questionable behavior of a few of her "followers"; however, the behavior of individuals has no bearing on the validity of her ideas. I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book is in good condition and very suitable for reader to use, the real value of this book is obviousPublished on 21 Aug. 2012 by DK
Many people misunderstand Ayn Rands philosophy or ethics of "ethical rational egoism"
I have seen this in some of the reviews claiming objectivism as a religion which is... Read more
To the guy who says that "length" is question-begging : there is a difference between perception and conceptualization. Read morePublished on 24 July 1999
Why does this volume require such long critiques? The simple fact is that Rand blows it from the start. Read morePublished on 8 July 1999
Even someone as generally supportive of Ayn Rand as Tibor Machan had to declare that this book was too polemical to qualify as genuine scholarship.
And no wonder. Read more
I have read plenty of Ayn Rand and found a lot of the other stuff enjoyable but, with the exception of the Fountainhead, somewhat annoying. Read morePublished on 18 April 1999
I believe Ayn Rand's writings are very destructive. And this isn't because of her highly un-original philosophy. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 1999
A brillant book by Ms. Rand that explains the exact way man utilizes his mind. From the first chapter she is able to take the most difficult philosophic abstractions and put them... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 1999