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Return to Reason

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Summary

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  • Full Title: Return to Reason: An Introduction to Objectivism
  • Author(s): Paul Lepanto
  • Year Published: 1971
  • Publisher: Exposition Press
  • Publication Type: Self/Vanity
  • ISBN-10: 0-682-47204-2 (hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-682-47204-3 (hardcover)
  • Description: Lepanto's preface self-describes him as a "student of the only rational school of contemporary philosophy: objectivism." (He uses the lower-case 'o' throughout his book.) The book is supposed to be a "layman's introduction" to Rand's philosophy. This book is currently out of print.

Contents

Part One

  1. Existence
  2. Life

Part Two

  1. Our Senses
  2. Concepts
  3. Logic
  4. Volitional Consciousness
  5. Values
  6. Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem
  7. Morality
  8. Duality of Awareness
  9. Art
  10. The Subconscious
  11. Emotions
  12. Emotional Perplexities
  13. Repression
  14. Self-Esteem
  15. A Summary and a Preview

Part Three

  1. Knowledge and Progress
  2. Production and Trade
  3. Visibility
  4. Sexuality
  5. The Nature of Freedom
  6. Freedom in Society
  7. Rights: I
  8. Rights: II
  9. The Role of Government
  10. Censorship
  11. Prohibitionism
  12. Conscription
  13. Taxation
  14. Evaluating Government Practices
  15. Capitalism
  16. Social Metaphysics and Spiritual Appeasement
  17. A Rational Way of Life

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