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Philosophy

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s philosophy is the best defense of Capitalism because she takes the offensive by reframing the question on rational premises. OPAR is the best presentation of her philosophy by her greatest student. The chapter on Capitalism is one of the best elaborations and defenses of laissez-faire I have read. Required on every capitalist’s bookshelf.

Philosophy: Who Needs It by Ayn Rand
This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics.

A Companion to Ayn Rand (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy) ed. Allan Gotthelf & Greg Salmieri
An academic examination of Ayn Rand’s ideas on a variety of topics. The chapters on government, markets, capitalism, and objective law will be of special interest to students of capitalism.

Foundations of a Free Society: Reflections on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy (Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies)

How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation by Harry Binswanger
What is knowledge? How is it acquired? How are claims to knowledge to be validated? Can man achieve rational certainty, or is he doomed to perpetual doubt? How We Know presents an integrated set of answers to these and related questions, based on Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, including her unique theory of concepts. Rejecting the false alternative of mysticism vs. skepticism, Harry Binswanger provides an uncompromising defense of reason, logic, and objectivity.

Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault by  Stephen R. C. Hicks
Why do skeptical and relativistic arguments have such power in the contemporary intellectual world?  Why has a significant portion of the political Left – the same Left that traditionally promoted reason, science, equality for all, and optimism – now switched to themes of anti-reason, anti-science, double standards, and cynicism? Explaining Postmodernism is intellectual history with a polemical twist, providing fresh insights into the debates underlying the furor over political correctness, multiculturalism, and the future of liberal democracy.

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