“Rationalization is a process of not perceiving reality, but of attempting to make reality fit one’s emotions": First Edition of Philosophy: Who Needs It; Inscribed by Leonard Peikoff

  • Philosophy: Who Needs It.

Philosophy: Who Needs It.

Item Number: 73036

Indianapolis/ New York : The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc, 1982.

First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Introduction by Leonard Peikoff. Inscribed by Leonard Peikoff on the front free endpaper, “April 30, 83 To Gary + Dorothy Miller, with best wishes, Leonard Peikoff.”  Peikoff was a close associate of Ayn Rand, who designated him heir to her estate after her death. He is a former professor of philosophy who co-founded the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) in 1985 and is the author of several books on philosophy. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John J. Zhoyan/ Marker II Studio.

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. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal. Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives. ''Ayn Rand's writings have altered and shaped the lives of millions. This selection of essays is an example of her best" (Alan Greenspan).