Toward a Society of Privacy (MP3 download)

In The Fountainhead Howard Roark said, “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy.” In this course, Dr. Peikoff discusses the nature of privacy and its contribution to a flourishing life. She then contrasts existing legal protection of privacy with an approach to privacy protection based on our rights to property and contract, demonstrating, by...See More

Two Radio Talks (MP3 download)

This download features two unrelated radio talks by Ayn Rand from the 1960s: “The Money-Making Personality” and “The Brain Drain.” In the first talk, Rand discusses the essential characteristics of people who achieve great success in business. In the second, Rand analyzes why England’s best and brightest citizens were reportedly choosing to leave the country, and...See More

Unborrowed Vision: The Virtue of Independence (MP3 download)

This lecture examines a virtue that is essential to leading a rationally self-interested life: independence. It first probes the virtue’s exact meaning, with an emphasis on understanding independence as “a primary orientation to reality” (Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff) rather than to other men. The lecture further explains the value of...See More

Understanding Objectivism

Based on a series of lectures given in 1983 by Dr. Leonard Peikoff, Understanding Objectivism offers a deeper and more profound study of Ayn Rand's philosophy, and outlines a methodology of how to approach the study of Objectivism and apply its principles to one's life... (400 pages, Paperback)
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Understanding Objectivism (MP3 download)

If you are having difficulty understanding the philosophy of Ayn Rand; Dr. Peikoff helps you integrate her philosophy into your own knowledge. The course includes theory, demonstrations and exercises. Each lecture includes a Q & A session.

Vanderbilt and American Free Enterprise (MP3 download)

The history of American business in the 19th century is an inspiring story of accomplishment and innovation. This lecture examines the life and achievements of one of America's great businessmen of that era: Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt. (Audio; 94 min., with Q & A)

Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality (Softcover)

Dr. Smith, a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, has written an unequivocal defense of Ayn Rand's ethics. More precisely, this is a defense of Ayn Rand's metaethics - the foundation for values as such. (Softcover; 205 pages)
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Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables: Valor in Defense of Values (MP3 download)

While preparing to write "The Fountainhead", Ayn Rand reread "Les Misérables" to study Hugo’s method of esthetic integration. In this course we will analyze the integration of plot, theme and style in Hugo’s masterpiece, with special attention to the way he shows that man is a being of self-made soul.

Virtues or Vices? Kindness, Generosity, Charity (MP3 download)

A thorough understanding of the Objectivist ethics requires digesting not only the major virtues that Ayn Rand identified, but the implications of rational egoism for other types of action traditionally praised as virtuous. This lecture will consider three such conventional virtues: kindness, generosity and charity.

We the Living (75th Anniversary Edition)

Introduction by Leonard Peikoff. How the collectivist state crushes those who most passionately value life. (Paperback; 464 pages)
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