Understanding Objectivism was Leonard Peikoff's first major teaching endeavor following Ayn Rand's death in 1982. Like Nathaniel Branden's 1971 book The Disowned Self—written after his break with Rand—the lectures addressed complaints reported by students of the philosophy, subject matter Rand may not have approved. Peikoff faults the common mistake of looking at Objectivism through the lens of traditional philosophy. He clarifies the distinct nature of objective methodology and shows how traditional philosophy is hostage to the pernicious mind-body dichotomy. Despite Peikoff's gracious display of empathy, the promise of a more benign nascent Objectivist vanguard was short-lived.

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