Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology

Expanded Second Edition

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Edited by: Harry Binswanger
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology – Ayn Rand Edited by Harry Binswanger and Leonard Peikoff
Expanded Second Edition

Foreword to the First Edition by Ayn Rand
1. Cognition and Measurement
2. Concept-Formation
3. Abstraction from Abstractions
4. Concepts of Consciousness
5. Definitions
6. Axiomatic Concepts
7. The Cognitive Role of Concepts
8. Consciousness and Identity
Summary: The Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy by Leonard Peikoff
Appendix – Excerpts from the Epistemology Workshops:
Foreword to the Second Edition by Leonard Peikoff
Preface by Harry Binswanger
Appendix Contents