The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

Ayn Rand Leonard Peikoff / Jun 06, 2020

The Voice of Reason Essays in Objectivist Thought Between when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston and when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as varied as educat

  • Title: The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought
  • Author: Ayn Rand Leonard Peikoff
  • ISBN: 9780452010468
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Between 1961, when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and 1981, when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as varied as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marilyn Monroe In The Voice of Reason, these pieces, written in the last decades of Rand s life, are gathered in book form for the fiBetween 1961, when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and 1981, when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as varied as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marilyn Monroe In The Voice of Reason, these pieces, written in the last decades of Rand s life, are gathered in book form for the first time With them are five essays by Leonard Peikoff, Rand s longtime associate and literary executor The work concludes with Peikoff s epilogue, My Thirty Years With Ayn Rand An Intellectual Memoir, which answers the question What was Ayn Rand really like Important reading for all thinking individuals, Rand s later writings reflect a life lived on principle, a probing mind, and a passionate intensity This collection communicates not only Rand s singular worldview, but also the penetrating cultural and political analysis to which it gives rise.

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        Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre revolutionary St Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea Alisa returned to the city renamed Leningrad to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there With money from the sale of her mother s jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn after a name of some Finnish author, probably Aino Rand which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and wrote through the night on screenplays and novels She also married a bit part actor called Frank O Connor because he was beautiful and because her original visitor s visa had run out.Rand sold her first screenplay in 1932, but nobody would buy her first novel We the Living 1936 a melodrama set in Russia Her first real success was The Fountainhead rejected by than ten publishers before publication in 1943.She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow up novel Atlas Shrugged 1957 describes a group who attempt to escape America s conspiracy of mediocrity Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand s vocal support for Laissez faire Capitalism and the free market has earned her a distinct spot among American philosophers, and philosophers in general.


    1. Read this long time ago. I remember enjoying it, although I don't remember too much. Unlike her shorter philosophy books such as the Virtue of Selfishness, this book has many references on a general overview of the Objectivist philosophy. I would have gotten more out of this book if I've read Atlas Shrugged and couple of her other well-known books beforehand.Still a good book. I also liked couple of Peikoff's essays and lecture.

    2. 61-81 if totally open forum is intellectual, feelings as hope and fears vs reason, statist is destroying as collective good, science and ethics give choices and actions, statists ant hill and eugenics and Sanger, right or wrong who decides, what is really ethics, worst crimes by children of well-to-do, fear of objective assessment and responsibility, do not choose to think to go along with thought of prof appeasers erosion of values and cynicism, hatred for reason is hatred for reason which subv [...]

    3. This book is a collection of essay pertaining to Rand’s philosophy, her viewpoints of culture as her philosophy pertains to it and politics as they are objective or not. The book also contains a few essays from her cohort/admirer Leonard Peikoff as well as one by Peter Schwartz. It is Rand’s essays that stand out.First, Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism is applied in numerous situations that Rand was experiencing or reading about. With her usual up-front audacity, she makes her arguments as t [...]

    4. Everyone and his dog has read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. The themes in her fiction works are well developed (particularly in Atlas Shrugged) and by the time you lay these tomes down you will have a reasonable understanding of Objectivism; that is there is an objective reality and therefore the epistemology of our knowledge and philosophy should derive from that reality. Through such a thought process one can derive certain conclusions. The Voice of Reason elaborates on this process, ap [...]

    5. Ayn Rand points out one method that Aristotle's enemies have used to invalidate him: the straw man. That is, Aristotle's enemies have misrepresented his ideas, have found flaws in their misrepresentation, and then blamed Aristotle for the errors that they themselves have introduced. Ayn Rand has a good understanding of this kind of attack, having been subjected to it so much herself! Ayn Rand criticizes altruism. Her critics have said that she was attacking a straw man, a masochistic extreme of [...]

    6. This collection of essays by Ayn Rand, (author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead”) focuses much more on the application of her philosophy of Objectivism to American culture and politics, rather than the identification of the branches of Objectivism. As such, there are many lessons to be learned from seeing Rand apply the philosophy to concrete, particular instances of American culture that nearly everyone can remember and relate to, regardless of age.Of particular interest are: h [...]

    7. It is no surprise to me that I only gave one star to yet another Ayn Rand book. The mystery is why I keep subjecting myself to inferior literature and ideas. I am happy to report that I am done trying to make sense of the author's nonsensical world. But I am even happier that after reading this book, I now realize what is so off-putting about her writings. She thinks she can base her philosophy of objectivism in the object of rationality. However, humans are not rational animals. They can strive [...]

    8. I think it's like a Cliff's Notes to Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead. The playbook for objectivism in three parts Philosophy, Culture, and Politics. The Politics part was the most relevant for me as it doubled up as an economics of Objectivism lesson. The Philosophy part seemed more like a college professor lending his opinions to the class. I felt as if I would fail if I voiced disagreement. Culture was interesting; the best part for me on the complacency of the American public school syste [...]

    9. lots of great essays here on all sorts of topics. great filling in the gaps for the ayn rand worldview. aside from an excellent and in depth critique of the medical profesion not much that isnt repeated elsewhere but its her voice, her philosophy, HER. for a fan it is therefore essential.have to take off half a star for the hysterical essay by peter Schwartz. far too jumbled to even be called a floating abstraction, it is a hodgepodge of outright hostility, straw men, utilitarian reasoning, pani [...]

    10. This was a very good collection of essays by Ayn Rand, with a few thrown in from Leonard Peikoff, and one by Peter Schwartz. I'm not positive, as I haven't checked, but I believe that a few of the writings compiled in this book are also in some of Rand's other non-fiction, e.g. "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal", "The Virtue of Selfishness", and "Philosophy: Who Needs It". But even though this is the case, the rest of the previously unknown, un-compiled essays are well worth the price of this book. [...]

    11. Excellent work, except when she approaches Christianity. She chooses the weakest strawman concretization of it that she could find, Papal Roman Catholicism, which embodies the very essence of the "second-hander" that every ounce of her literary effort is calculated to battle. This is the weak spot in her "closed system".It is an example of the contradiction inherent to any mixed economy.Other than when she is emoting against the God Who upholds her by the Word of His power, she does some superb [...]

    12. I love Ayn Rand and I thoroughly enjoyed the perspectives in this book (whether or not I happened to agree with them) but it can be a pretty exhausting read. For anyone who has read Rand's fiction, the book is helpful if you've ever gone, "So I wonder what she thought about (insert topic here)."However,for those who enjoy Rand's fiction and are satisfied with the themes presented there, this book won't do much for you.

    13. If you like "pure" capitalism then you'll like Ayn Rand. This book is essentially a description of Rand's capitalistic philosophy and moral framework over a collection of essays and is worth the read even if you don't agree with her views. This book is a little repetitious which leads me to believe that if you've read Rand's other non-fiction then this is probably more of the same.

    14. As much as her big novels introduced objectivism, I expect essays such as these were the reason the philosophy continued to get support. In this collection, she applies her theories to the events of the 1960's. Much of it was convincing to me, even if I don't wholeheartedly agree with all of her premises. Many of her observations at that time are similarly relevant to events today.

    15. I can't agree with everything Ayn Rand wrote but I do agree with most of her views on objectivism, with her views about education, her dislike of cultural relativism, and her views on individual rights (though not about her views on altruism). Ayn Rand argued for the need to be objective in all situations and I can't argue against that.

    16. Ayn Rand's best twenty-six pieces form of collection speeches, and articles. There are some short comments for her readers in the Los Angles Times, as well as her own magazines and some lectures to various audiences. These articles spans from 1961 to 1981, and also included some of her essays written after Ayn Rand's death in 1982.

    17. Not my favorite Rand work. Some of the essays were very interesting, but a few were frankly excruciating to read through. The second to last essay presents an interesting and fairly cogent attack on libertarianism.

    18. I love a lot of Ayn's philosophy, but reading this kind of made me wonder how much of a paragon of human achievement the guy that wrote this thought she was. Her comments on why a woman shouldn't be president were particularly amusing. *cough* Hilary sucks! *cough*

    19. Very good compilations of Ayn Rand's thought on multiple topics, quite redundant as I've already several of her non-fiction books. Some essay was much shorter and less well-developed than expected. Some carries personal fallacy of logic, making it less persuasive.

    20. This was my first exposure to Rand, and I found it to be a very accessible school of thought. I'm interested in exploring other books by Rand, mainly Atlas Shrugged, to better understand her Objectivist philosophy.

    21. A great collection of articles tackling subjects including politics, education, environmentalism, socialism, collectivism, and others, all from the Objectivist perspective.


    23. Ayn Rand's construct on Objectivism is a bit ahead of her time. These essays are thought provoking and a brilliant read.

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