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2.99828178694158 out of 52.99828178694158 out of 52.99828178694158 out of 52.99828178694158 out of 52.99828178694158 out of 5 3.00 (1,746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Peikoff Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455180158
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This brilliantly conceived and well-organized book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976, prepared with the help of Ayn Rand and entitled “The Philosophy of Objectivism.” Ayn Rand said of these lectures: “Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff’s course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of objectivism—that is, the only one that I know to be fully accurate.”

As Rand’s designated heir and foremost interpreter, Peikoff here reveals both the abstract fundamentals of objectivism and its practical applications, covering topics from certainty to money, from logic to art. With much new material that Rand offered only in private conversations with Peikoff, these clear, cogent chapters illuminate objectivism and its creator with startling clarity.

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  • “A revelation. Peikoff is an extraordinary communicator…He brings the most difficult intellectual ideas within the grasp of the general reader…An awesome intellectual experience.”

    Detroit Free Press

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Troy | 2/12/2014

    " The eye opener of my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/10/2014

    " this fleshes out the structure of objectivism, without any fiction to distract you, thus making it easier to disagree with the sad, drunk, and ironically sanctimonious Ayn Rand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/2/2014

    " Covers the ideas quite well. I considered myself an Objectivist for a number of years after reading a deluge of Rand's ideas. I learned a lot about thinking during this time, exploring base concepts such as writng a definition of the word "table". You never think about low level words, you just sort of know what they mean. How can you think clearly without having a solid foundation for your ideas? Words as abstractions are tools, but it is not the words, it is the abstrations that make higher level concepts possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilyn Ross | 1/18/2014

    " Kudos and many thanks to Objectivism, Ayn Rand, and Leonard Peikoff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 1/18/2014

    " This is an absolutely essential book for understanding Rand's systematic philosophy, and placing it in the context of philosophical traditions. I'd recommend anyone who has read Rand's novels (especially Atlas Shrugged) read this to understand comprehensively the philosophy it contains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morris Morris | 12/22/2013

    " Wonderful book written by someone who knows Rand's philosophy inside and out! Great, thorough, and nuanced! Love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joao Trindade | 10/4/2013

    " First half hard to read as it requires you to really think. Globally a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John David Lionel Brooke | 8/13/2013

    " This book was a welcome addition to my library of Ayn Rand's works. The book justified and supported my quetioning attitude . It added to my first hand empirical knowledge concerning big business and governments in general "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evie53 | 1/8/2013

    " It was ok in that it spelled out her beliefs clearly and succintly - but she was one harsh lady. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Powell | 10/9/2012

    " A thrilling read. The only authoritative work on Ayn Rand's system of thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Hoffman | 12/7/2011

    " Leonard Peikoff did a wonderful job holding the vision of Ayn Rand in this monumental book that is the lifetime result of a developing philosophy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Conwell | 5/19/2011

    " While I think some of her ideas have merit, I question the basis for what she says. I am not sure and I do not remember what her particular perspective was on spirituality and religion. As a Christian, I find most of what she says to be in contrast with what I believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Murray | 12/3/2010

    " Pretty much all the questions I still had about Objectivism were cleared up after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/3/2010

    " A thrilling read. The only authoritative work on Ayn Rand's system of thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 7/2/2009

    " Start: June 13, 2008
    Finish: September 12, 2008

    True rating: 10/10 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 4/26/2009

    " This is the definitive book on objectivism. It covers just about everything. It's an excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 3/23/2009

    " Pretty much all the questions I still had about Objectivism were cleared up after reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 11/5/2008

    " One of the more useful books I've seen in my lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 10/13/2008

    " The eye opener of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilyn | 7/12/2008

    " Kudos and many thanks to Objectivism, Ayn Rand, and Leonard Peikoff. "

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About the Author
Author Leonard Peikoff

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.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.