The Voice of Reason
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- Full Title: The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought
- Author(s): Ayn Rand, edited and with an introduction by Leonard Peikoff, and with additional essays by Leonard Peikoff and Peter Schwartz
- Year Published: 1989
- Publisher: New American Library (hardcover); Meridian (paperback)
- Publication Type: Commercial
- ISBN-10: 0-453-00634-5 (hardcover), 0-452-01046-2 (paperback)
- Description: This is a collection of essays that was assembled and published several years after Rand's death. The essays by Rand originally appeared in a variety of places, including Rand's newspaper column and the various magazines she published. All of the essays by Peikoff and Schwartz were originally published after Rand's death.
- Cover blurb:
Between 1961, when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and 1981, when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as different as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marylin Monroe. In The Voice of Reason, these pieces, written in the last decades of Rand's life are gathered in book form for the first time. With them are five essays by Leonard Peikoff, Rand's longtime associate and literary executor. The work concludes with Peikoff's eipolgue, "My Thirty Years With Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir," which answers the question "What was Ayn Rand really like?" Important reading for all thinking individuals, Rand's later writings reflect a life lived on principle, a probing mind, and a passionate intensity. This collection communicates not only Rand's singular worldview, but also the penetrating cultural and political analysis to which it gives rise. (From a Meridian paperback printing.)
Where an item is by an author other than Rand, the author's name is noted in square brackets.
- Introduction [Leonard Peikoff]
Part One: Philosophy
- Introducing Objectivism
- Review of Aristotle by John Herman Randall, Jr.
- To Young Scientists
- Who Is the Final Authority in Ethics?
- The Psychology of Psychologizing
- Altruism as Appeasement
- The Question of Scholarships
- Of Living Death
- Religion vs. America [Leonard Peikoff]
Part Two: Culture
- The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age
- Our Cultural Value-Deprivation
- Global Balkanization
- How to Read (and Not to Write)
- The Lessons of Vietnam
- The Sanction of the Victims
- Through Your Most Grievous Fault
- Apollo 11
- Epitaph for a Culture
- Assault from the Ivory Tower: The Professors' War Against America [Leonard Peikoff]
- The American School: Why Johnny Can't Think [Leonard Peikoff]
Part Three: Politics
- Representation Without Authorization
- To Dream the Noncommercial Dream
- Tax Credits for Education
- Antitrust: The Rule of Unreason
- The Pull Peddlers
- About a Woman President
- The Inverted Moral Priorities
- Hunger and Freedom
- How Not to Fight Against Socialized Medicine
- Medicine: The Death of a Profession [Leonard Peikoff]
- Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty [Peter Schwartz]
- My Thirty Years With Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir [Leonard Peikoff]
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- Preview access to Aristotle by John Herman Randall, Jr.
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