Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (The Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff, Harry Binswanger

By Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff, Harry Binswanger

This brilliantly conceived and arranged publication relies on a lecture direction given by means of Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976, entitled "The Philosophy of Objectivism." The lectures have been attended by means of Ayn Rand, who helped organize them and likewise joined Peikoff in answering questions. Ayn Rand acknowledged of those lectures: "Until or except I write a accomplished treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff's direction is the one licensed presentation of the full theoretical constitution of Objectivism--that is, the one person who i do know of my very own wisdom to be totally accurate." Dr. Peikoff, Rand's targeted inheritor and most effective interpreter, unearths the summary basics of Objectivism and its useful functions within the daily international. He covers each department of philosophy well-known via Rand and each philosophic subject she considered as important--from sure bet to funds, from common sense to artwork, from dimension to intercourse. Illustrated with fees from her released works, entire with an abundance of latest fabric that Ayn Rand provided in basic terms in deepest conversations with Peikoff, those transparent, cogent chapters remove darkness from Objectivism--and its creator--with startling readability. Now the thousands of readers who've been remodeled via Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead will realize the complete philosophical procedure underlying Ayn Rand's tales approximately lifestyles "as it'd be and should be."

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Anyone who holds the full context—who keeps in mind the identity of man and of all the other relevant entities—would be unable even to imagine an alternative to the facts as they are; the contradictions involved in such a projection would obliterate it. The rewriters, however, do not keep identity in mind. They specialize in out-of-context pining for a heaven that is the opposite of the metaphysically given. A variant of this pining is the view that the fact of death makes life meaningless. But if living organisms are mortal, then (within the relevant circumstances) they are so necessarily, by the nature of the life process.

In Objectivist terms, this amounts to the advocacy of existence without consciousness. It is the denial of man's faculty of cognition and therefore of all knowledge. Ayn Rand describes materialists as "mystics of muscle"— "mystics" because, like idealists, they reject the faculty of reason. Man, they hold, is essentially a body without a mind. His conclusions, accordingly, reflect not the objective methodology of reason and logic, but the blind operation of physical factors, such as atomic dances in the cerebrum, glandular squirtings, S-R conditioning, or the tools of production moving in that weird, waltzlike contortion known as the dialectic process.

The outer; or value vs. fact; or the moral vs. the practical. The broadest name of the dichotomy is the "spiritual" realm vs. the "material" realm. The theory of a mind-body conflict, which has corrupted every branch and issue of philosophy, does have its root in a real conflict, but of a special kind. Its root is a breach between some men's consciousness and existence. In this sense, the basis of the theory is not reality, but a human error: the error of turning away from reality, of refusing to accept the absolutism of the metaphysically given.

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