Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology: Expanded Second Edition

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Penguin, Apr 26, 1990 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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Today man's mind is under attack by all the leading schools of philosophy. We are told that we cannot trust our senses, that logic is arbitrary, that concepts have no basis in reality. Ayn Rand opposes that torrent of nihilism, and she provides the alternative in this eloquent presentation of the essential nature--and power--of man's conceptual faculty. She offers a startlingly original solution to the problem that brought about the collapse of modern philosophy: the problem of universals. This brilliantly argued, superbly written work, together with an essay by philosophy professor Leonard Peikoff, is vital reading for all those who seek to discover that human beings can and should live by the guidance of reason.
 

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Although not as thorough as Leonard Peikoff's expansion Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology is instructive because it was written by Rand herself to ... Read full review

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This book introduced me to the fact that the most important part of reasoning is not deductive logic, such as Aristotelian syllogisms, but rather inductive reasoning, which is the process of forming ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Analytic and Synthetic Truths
Necessity and Contingency
Logic and Experience
Conclusion
Foreword to the Second Edition
Preface
Opening Remarks by Ayn Rand
Three Functions of Axiomatic Concepts
The Explicit Formulation of Axiomatic Concepts
Entities and Their Makeup
Philosophy of Science
Concluding Historical Postscript
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Abstraction as MeasurementOmission
Concepts as Mental Existents
Implicit Concepts
The Role of Words
Measurement Unit and Mathematics
Abstraction from Abstractions
Concepts of Consciousness
Definitions
Axiomatic Concepts
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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.

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