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  • Leonard Peikoff

    In hisgroundbreaking and controversial book The DIM Hypothesis, Dr. Leonard Peikoff casts apenetrating new light on the process of human thought and thereby on Westernculture and history. In this far-reaching study, Peikoff identifies the threemethods people use to integrate concrete data into a whole, as when connectingdiverse experiments by a scientific theory, separate laws into a constitution,or single events into a story. The first method, in which data is integratedthrough rational means, he calls Integration. The second, which employs nonrationalmeans, he calls Misintegration. The third is Disintegration-which is nihilism,the desire to tear things apart. In The DIM Hypothesis...read more

  • Leonard Peikoff

    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,...read more

  • Ayn Rand

    "Ideas are the greatest and most crucially practical power on earth," wrote Ayn Rand. In the title essay of this collection, Leonard Peikoff applies this principle to the world of business. He shows that certain philosophic ideas, such as reason, egoism, and individualism, are needed to defend and protect the freedom of businessmen, while the opposite ideas, such as mysticism, altruism, and collectivism (which dominate our universities), destroy that freedom. Other essays in this volume will help businessmen understand the crucial role of philosophy in free trade, free markets, health care, and business ethics. Why Businessmen Need Philosophy is important reading for any businessman who...read more

  • Leonard Peikoff

    Based on a series of lectures by Leonard Peikoff and edited by Marlene Trollope, Discovering Great Plays provides the ability to understand, judge, and savor the values offered by great drama. Listeners will discover plot-theme as the key to a play; see Antigone as a great heroine and Iago as the darkest villain in literature; learn about the Cornelian hero; see how Schiller's 'Grand Inquisitor' scene is the most dramatic and philosophic in all of theater; and discover Shaw's brilliance in presenting the genius against society.Plays discussed include: Antigone by Sophocles; Othello by Shakespeare; Le Cid by Corneille; Don Carlos by Schiller; An Enemy of the People by Ibsen; Saint Joan by...read more

  • Leonard Peikoff

    Dr. Peikoff makes a compelling case for a rational system of education by contrasting three approaches to philosophy and the different educational alternatives they propose to replace our present system. He translates the usual abstract discussions in this field into material easily comprehensible to the listener. In the process, he defines a proper methodology and curriculum that will produce thinking high school graduates confident of their ability to achieve their...read more

  • Leonard Peikoff

    Freedom of speech is indispensable to a free and civilized society, yet this precious right is increasingly under attack today. Islamic totalitarians repeatedly threaten and kill those deemed blasphemers while our political leaders stand idly by-and many intellectuals blame the victims. College students seek 'trigger warnings' and 'safe spaces' from controversial ideas. The government harasses tea party groups, preventing them from speaking out during an election, and it investigates oil companies and advocacy groups for the 'crime' of dissenting from climate change orthodoxy. Why is this happening? What can be done? This hard-hitting collection provides answers. Applying Ayn Rand's...read more