Discovering Great Plays: As Literature and as Philosophy

Ayn Rand Institute Press - Plays discussed include: antigone by sophocles; othello by shakespeare; Le Cid by Corneille; Don Carlos by Schiller; An Enemy of the People by Ibsen; Saint Joan by Shaw; Monna Vanna by Maeterlinck, and Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand. He has taught philosophy at several places including Hunter College and New York University.

Peikoff is author of the dim hypothesis: why the lights of the West are Going Out, The Cause of Hitler’s Germany, and Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. A list of recommended editions and translations is provided by the author. Readers will discover plot-theme as the key to a play; antigone as a great heroine; iago as the blackest villain in literature; the Cornelian hero; Schiller’s Grand Inquisitor scene as the most dramatic and philosophic in all theater; Ibsen and Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark; Shaw’s genius in presenting the genius against society; and Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand.

Discovering Great Plays: As Literature and as Philosophy - About the author: Leonard Peikoff is the preeminent Rand Scholar writing today. Based on a series of lectures by leonard Peikoff and edited by Marlene Trollope, Discovering Great Plays provides the ability to understand, judge and savor the values offered by great drama. Dr.

In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance

Ayn Rand Institute - In this new book, in pursuit of wealth: the moral case for Finance, Yaron Brook and Don Watkins dispel the prevailing negative myths about finance and clearly lay out the industry’s virtues within a moral framework. Yaron and don do a masterful job of taking on complex topics and applying concise, objective analysis.

If liberal grandstanding and a biased media have blinded you to the truth, this book will open your eyes. Peter schiff, ceo of euro pacific capital and author of the real crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy—How to Save Yourself and Your Country“An insightful collection of essays that gets to the heart of finance and its tremendous value.

In Pursuit of Wealth: The Moral Case for Finance - If you believe that only bad government policies could cause a problem that big, then no socialist policies are legitimate. Brook and watkins prove the opposite, which is that finance, is productive, because it is a fundamentally moral activity consistent with man’s essential nature, innovative and a gigantic creator of economic well-being.

John A. This ambitious book shows readers how we can reframe societal mores and end the vilification of financiers. This book destroys the myth advanced by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that, because it is driven by greed, Wall Street the financial market is the source of our economic challenges. Yaron brook and don Watkins provide a much-needed counterbalance to this false narrative.

Absent government and fed interference, finance is an integral component of a vibrant free market economy, where value is not extracted but created.

Think as if Your Life Depends on It: Principles of Efficient Thinking and Other Lectures

- As the author shows, thinking is not an automatic process known to everyone “instinctively. Thinking is an acquired skill and — like every human skill — it involves certain principles which have to be identified and learned. This book provides an extensive and intensive examination of those principles.

A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand - Featuring never before released material from Ayn Rand. Upon her arrival, she discovered that the collectivist politics of Russia, and Europe in general, were taking hold in America. An early effort to fight this trend was Rand’s Textbook of Americanism, which she began writing in 1946 but was left unfinished.

World-famous as the author of atlas Shrugged, Rand emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1926 at the age of twenty-one. Ayn rand did grasp America’s political essence down to its roots. About politics!Most people have no idea what the United States represents. Until now. Seventy-two years later, a new textbook of americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand addresses the questions she did not answer then, building on her insights to illuminate Americanism and its present-day application.

A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand - Featuring rand’s full 1946 work plus essays from the New Intellectuals, including Leonard Peikoff, and never-before-published discussions with Ayn Rand. Rand once called the United States “the only moral country in the history of the world. A new textbook of Americanism explores the reasons for her judgment.

The Illusion of Determinism: Why Free Will Is Real and Causal

BookBaby - This version argues that we are controlled by our physical brains with the brain being which are set in motion by environmental factors. There have been many forms of determinism but the one that is most popular today is based on neuroscience, philosophers, with the enthusiastic support of many psychologists, and physical scientists e.

G. Physicists. Determinism is the doctrine that everything we think, and do is caused by factors outside our control—that we have no choice regarding our character, our actions, believe, feel, our thoughts, our lives. I will also show that free will is, self-evident, even though most people have not validated it or correctly identified what it consists of—what it is, as many have claimed, and what it isn’t.

The Illusion of Determinism: Why Free Will Is Real and Causal - Determinists insist that such a belief represents “folk psychology, ” an illusion held by people who are ignorant of what science has allegedly proved. Determinists typically believe that:•consciousness is the same thing as brain activity as opposed to requiring a brain•the conscious mind, at best, various free will advocates typicaly believe that: •elementary particles which make up our brain act at random, is a necessary illusionOn the other side of the coin, because it is based on scientific truth•Determinism has to be either proved or disproved based on philosophical and/or scientific arguments •Free will, plays no significant role in human life •The human mind is not significantly different from that of the lower animals such as chimpanzees•All causes are material or mechanical•Goal-directed action applies equally to people and machines•The concept of a self or the self as a causal agent has no intelligible meaning•Key neuroscience experiments have proven that the intention to act appears after the brain has already decided what to do•Determinism is not only compatible with objective knowledge but is also the only guarantee of objective knowledge, though real, thus refuting causal necessity •Free will and determinism are compatible •Religion validates free willIn this book I will show that all of the above beliefs are mistaken.

The debate continues because many people disagree with determinism and assert that they have, in some form, free will.

Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond

Ayn Rand Institute - The military strength of the United States is unmatched in all of world history. And our political and intellectual leaders evade the nature of Islamic totalitarianism. The united states is a military superpower, but it lacks the self-confidence and moral certainty needed to defend itself and its ideals. Why? the fundamental problem lies in the irrational philosophic ideas that permeate—and subvert—American foreign policy.

About the author: onkar ghate is senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute, where Elan Journo is a fellow and director of policy research. After 9/11, the ayn rand institute predicted that the prevailing ideas about morality would undercut our foreign policy and cripple us in action.

Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond - Yet fifteen years after september 11, Islamic totalitarianism is undefeated, emboldened, and on the march: from Paris and San Bernardino to Brussels and Orlando. Those predictions have proved correct. Can we end the islamist menace and secure our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on earth? Yes—easily—if we adopt the right philosophic ideas to guide our foreign policy.

What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Post Hill Press - What justice demands, he shows, is that we evaluate both adversaries—and America's approach to the conflict—according to a universal moral ideal: individual liberty. What justice demands shows us why america should be strongly supportive of freedom and freedom-seekers—but, it hasn't been, in this conflict and across the Middle East, much to our detriment.

What is at the core of the israeli-palestinian conflict? What does justice demand of us in this conflict? This book clarifies an intimidatingly complex issue—and upends conventional views about America’s stake in it. In this book, elan journo explains the essential nature of the conflict, and what has fueled it for so long.

What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - . From that secular moral framework, the book analyzes the conflict, examines major Palestinian grievances and Israel's character as a nation, and explains what's at stake for everyone who values human life, freedom, and progress.

Truth and Toleration

- In the contested legacy of ayn rand, philosopher David Kelley explains why he broke ranks with orthodox Objectivists and created an independent branch of the movement. It is an engaging introduction to the Objectivist movement, its core ideas, and its central fissures. Ayn rand’s novels the fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged gave birth to a movement based on her philosophy of Objectivism.

Originally published in 1990 as a manifesto, toleration, the work has been revised as an analysis of the principles of the intellectual collaboration, and responsibility. At the same time, it offers a case study in the sociology of intellectual movements and a frank discussion of the issues that arise whenever thinkers leave their studies to promote their ideas in the public realm.

The Ayn Rand Column

Ayn Rand Institute - The column became enormously popular, covering a wide variety of topics: from the welfare state to freedom of speech to foreign policy to the death of Marilyn Monroe. Unlike so much “journalistic commentary — which is stale and irrelevant just days, or hours after it is written — virtually nothing of hers becomes outdated, ” explains editor Peter Schwartz in his introduction.

. Her vision of man and her philosophy for living on earth have changed the lives of thousands of readers and launched a philosophic movement with a growing impact on American culture. In 1962 ayn rand accepted an invitation to write a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times. Her perspective is that of a grand historian whose time frame is the centuries and whose function is to explain the world by reference to universal truths.

The Ayn Rand Column - Every book by ayn rand published in her lifetime, and the Virtue of Selfishness is still in print, including Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and hundreds of thousands of copies are sold each year—so far more than thirty million. Several new volumes have been published posthumously.

Rectifying the Greatest Error in the History of Economic Thought: "Demand for Commodities Is Not Demand for Labor" Versus the Marxian Exploitation Theory

The Jefferson School of Philosophy, Economics, and Psychology - As the great classical economist John Stuart Mill pointed out, "demand for commodities is not demand for labor. What this means, for example, is that when someone buys a loaf of bread, he does not pay the wages of bakers. That critic, as smith and marx had claimed, the great Austrian-school economist Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, believed that even though profits were a deduction from wages, they were nevertheless a justified deduction.

It has been accepted even by the leading critic of the belief that profits are stolen. Not only did the manual workers in smith’s “original state of things” earn sales revenues rather than wages but the fact that no capitalists were present, means that there was no capitalistic spending, i. E. No buying for the sake of selling.

. The same principle would apply mutatis mutandis to all the workers in between. Capitalists, after the lapse of just a week, indeed, made it possible for all the workers in the series to be paid as quickly as the last worker in the series, according to Böhm-Bawerk, even more quickly; for example, however long the total productive process might take.

Rectifying the Greatest Error in the History of Economic Thought: "Demand for Commodities Is Not Demand for Labor" Versus the Marxian Exploitation Theory - As a result, but working in a sequence over a period of years, each performing an equal amount of labor, Böhm-Bawerk held, wage earners themselves, would not divide the value of their ultimate product equally. It is the foundation of the support for socialism and communism. To my knowledge the claim that profits are a deduction from wages has been accepted universally, with the single exception of the present author.

The History of Now: A New Kind of History

- In remarkably short order the reader is guided through a synopsis of world cultures and their origins, ultimately, which anchors a wide-ranging and penetrating analysis of each culture’s own trajectory and, its contribution to the flow of human events today. The history of now is indeed a new kind of history!

The outcome is a seamless construct of striking explanatory power and relevance. Instead of being thought of as “the study of past, ” history must be integrated into a revelation and explanation of the world we live in. In the history of now, historian Scott Powell makes the case for a radical reinterpretation of history.