Synopses & Reviews
Ayn Rands philosophy of Objectivism is increasingly influencing the shape of the world from business and politics to achieving personal goals. Here, Leonard PeikoffRands heirexplains how you can communicate philosophical ideas with conviction, logic, and, most of all, reason.
Based on a series of lectures presented by Peikoff, Objective Communication shows how to apply Objectivist principles to the problem of achieving clarity both in thought and in communication.
Peikoff teaches readers how to write, speak, and argue on the subject of philosophical ideasideas pertaining to profoundly important issues ranging from the question of the existence of God to the nature and proper limits of government power.
Including enlightening discussions of a wide range of Objectivist topicssuch as the primacy of consciousness, the pitfalls of rationalistic thinking, and the true meaning of the word altruism,” as well as in-depth analysis of some of Ayn Rands own writingsPeikoffs Objective Communication is essential reading for anyone interested in Ayn Rands philosophy.
Praise for The Ominous Parallels
“[The Cause of Hitlers Germany] offers a truly revolutionary idea…The book is clear, tight, disciplined, beautifully structured, and brilliantly reasoned. Its style is clear and hard as crystal--and as sparkling…As to my personal reaction, I can express it best by paraphrasing a line from Atlas Shrugged: ‘Its so wonderful to see a great, new, crucial achievement which is not mine!” --Ayn Rand
“Extraordinarily perceptive…frightening insights…Everyone concerned with the collectivist trend in todays world should read this book.” --Alan Greenspan
“A fascinating weave of German history, philosophic determinism, and Objectivist polemic.”
Based on a series of lectures given in 1983 by Dr. Leonard Peikoff, Understanding Objectivism offers a deeper and more profound study of Ayn Rand's philosophy, and outlines a methodology of how to approach the study of Objectivism and apply its principles to one's life.
For the legions of readers who treasure Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, and who savor cogent analysis and provocative discussion of Ayn Rand's thoughts and beliefs, Understanding Objectivism takes the stimulating study of Rand's philosophy to the next level.
A truly revolutionary idea
. Clear, tight, disciplined, beautifully structured, and brilliantly reasoned.” Ayn Rand
Self-sacrifice, Oriental mysticism, racial truth,” the public good, doing ones dutythese are among the seductive catchphrases that circulated in pre-Nazi Germany. Objectivist author and philosopher Leonard Peikoff was Ayn Rands long-time associate. In The Cause of Hitlers Germanypreviously published in The Ominous ParallelsPeikoff demonstrates how unreason and collectivism led the seemingly civilized German society to become a Nazi regime.
About the Author
Leonard Peikoff is the preeminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand in New York City for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at several places, including Hunter College and New York University. Dr. Peikoff is the author of The DIM Hypothesis, The Ominous Parallels, and Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. He grew up in Western Canada and now lives in Southern California.
Table of Contents
Introduction byAyn Rand
1. The Cause ofNazism
2. TheTotalitarian Universe
3. Hitler'sWar AgainstReason
4. The Ethics ofEvil
5. UnitedThey Fell
6. The Emotionalist Republic
7. The NaziSynthesis
8. The Culture of Hatred
9. The Killers TakeOver
10. Hitler in Power
11. The Concentration Camps