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Ayn Rand's Theory of Knowledge

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Summary

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  • Full Title: Ayn Rand's Theory of Knowledge: A Commentary
  • Author(s): Tom Porter
  • Year Published: 1999
  • Publisher: Tom Porter
  • Publication Type: Self/Vanity
  • ISBN-10: 0-9670411-0-4 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9670411-0-0 (paperback)
  • Description: The author describes his own book as "a detailed -- tedious -- examination of Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objective [sic] Epistemology." Porter goes through Rand's book "Paragraph by paragraph, sometimes sentence by sentence, even word by word," and finds "a lot of carelessness and a lot of genius." He does not, however, address Leonard Peikoff's essay on "The Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy," or any of the additional material in the posthumous second edtion of Rand's book.

Contents

After the introduction, Porter's book primarily follows the chapter breakdown of the first edition of Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. Thus, the "Foreword" chapter of Porter's book is not an actual foreword, but rather a commentary on the foreword to Rand's book. This pattern holds until Porter's "Conclusion."

  1. Cognition and Measurement
  2. Concept-Formation
  3. Abstraction from Abstractions
  4. Concepts of Consciousness
  5. Definitions
  6. Axiomatic Concepts
  7. The Cognitive Role of Concepts
  8. Consciousness and Identity

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