Below is a small selection of resources to aid you in the study of Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. The list includes books, lecture tapes, study guides, as well as a brief list of courses.
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand By Leonard Peikoff
Available in a variety of formats.
Free Copy of Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand for Students
Courtesy of the Ayn Rand Institute.
These seminars intensively examine — or “chew” — the material in Dr. Peikoff’s book Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. Although the topics follow the organization of the book, these seminars (formerly titled “Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand”) are not a re-reading of Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (OPAR), but are an advanced “chewing” of its ideas. Dr. Peikoff explains the reason for the precise wording of key formulations, defines striking new integrations among the philosophy’s complex elements and, above all, offers a detailed analysis and defense of his interpretation of Objectivism’s logical structure. Filled with penetrating questions from long-time Objectivists, and Dr. Peikoff’s brilliant answers to them, these seminars include an abundance of material not covered in OPAR.
This course by Dr. Peikoff defines a new method of learning Objectivism. It is the method that Ayn Rand herself employed to discover her philosophy — the only method (in her words) of discovering and validating principles in any field: induction.
ARI Campus Courses
This 12-lecture course presents, in essential terms, the theoretical structure of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. Rand endorsed the course, attending every lecture and participating in many of the question periods.
History of Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff
In this course, Dr. Peikoff traces the development of Western philosophy from the ancient Greeks to Immanuel Kant in the 18th century, offering frequent commentary from the perspective of Objectivism.
College Level Coursework
OPAR used as a college textbook on Ayn Rand’s Philosophy
Colleges have also started to use OPAR as a textbook in classes on Ayn Rand’s philosophy. If you are a college professor and would like to receive a free copy please e-mail [email protected]
Objectivist Academic Center (OAC)
If you’re considering a career in academia or public policy the Objectivist Academic Center can help you develop the skills you’ll need to succeed. The OAC offers free courses, seminars, and career training to future Objectivist intellectuals. It’s a distance-learning program with classes conducted primarily by Internet videoconference. OPAR is used as a textbook throughout the OAC, especially in the year-long seminar course, Objectivism in Depth.
Students may be able to receive course credit in most universities for using Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand in independent studies. For information contact [email protected].