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Why Businessmen Need Philosophy

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A collection of essays to help today's businessman understand the crucial role of philosophy in free trade, free markets, health care and business ethics. The book includes a title essay by Leonard Peikoff and two essays by Ayn Rand never before p ublished in book form: "The Money-Making Personality" and "An Answer for Businessmen." Twelve additional essays by Leonard Peik ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published January 21st 1999 by Ayn Rand Institute
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Ilyn Ross
Sep 03, 2008 Ilyn Ross rated it it was amazing
[I bought it two years ago, but then, I started to write Reason Reigns.]

Oct 14, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Be not fooled: read this in terms of essentials to realize that the "Why" applies to [fill in the blank]--and this is the more fundamental point implicitly running throughout the selections from various authors.

In principle, human beings qua human must have philosophy, in that we require guidance for our minds to survive and thrive in the real world out there; in application, this book of essays merely emphasizes the context of business--and thus tackles and grapples with all things in the more
Bill Churchill
Sep 01, 2014 Bill Churchill rated it it was ok
Well argued, systemically tight, but tautological.

But this book has a religious feel. It strongly implies that, ‘If only we lived according to…(insert the religious idea of your choice), the world be a better place and justice would prevail.’

We need less politics and religion and more comprehensive reasoning, flexibility and imagination.

I like a quote of Donald Rumsfeld’s when it comes to politics and religion, “…but there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't kno
Michael Palkowski
Aug 13, 2014 Michael Palkowski rated it it was ok
Although consistent with Ayn Rand's philosophical premises, it focuses too much on the political minutia especially on specific constitutional issues or localized anxieties. It also understands a lot of problems in really simplistic dichotomous equations and the majority of the book is simplistic evaluations of the plight of producers. Although I am sympathetic to a lot of the arguments expressed here, I don't like the exploitative feel of the collection. For example the book is authored by Ayn ...more
Muzaffer Bayraktar
Özellikle Edwin Locke, Jaana Woiceshyni Richard Salsman ve Leonard Peikoff'un yazdığı makaleler oldukça verimliydi. Ayn Rand'ın daha önce de okuduğum iki makalalesi dışında kitapta makalesi bulunmuyor. Kitabın yakın zamanda yazılmış olması olayları objektivizm felsefesi ışığında değerlendirmeye oldukça katkı sağlıyor. Ekonomi, iş dünyası,adalet, ve hükümet düzenlemeriyle ilgili bilgiler sade bir dil kullanılarak kafayı zonklatmadan anlamayı sağlıyor. Kitapta tek sevmediğim makaleler Harry Binswa ...more
Steve Hadfield
This was a better book, and I agree with its laissez fare capitalism, but I disagree with the anti-faith stand. I agree that its hard to add a morality into capitalism, but there isn't anything wrong with having a personal moral guiding principle. One does not do what is right because true capitalism demands it. People are moral because something above mankind guides them. Still, much of the logic is still sound - capitalism is the better system. Socialism (mixed economy) always has hypocrisy as ...more
Ash Ryan
Its intended audience might find much of value in this book, if they can get past the first few chapters, which are of somewhat mixed quality (as is John Allison's introduction). And for some reason, the editors left out some of the best essays from the original edition (such as Binswanger's "'Buy American' is Un-American") and retained some of the weaker ones (such as Leonard Peikoff's, which is not his best work, though it is the title essay). To give credit where credit is due, however, the e ...more
Evan East
Jan 02, 2016 Evan East rated it it was amazing
Great book that offered me a perspective on objectivism as applied to entrepreneurship that I hadn't considered.
Jeff Yoak
Most of these are essays that I'd read before, but I didn't realize that until I started this that this is the first time through for me in as a book and it includes essays new to me. That was a treat, but I quickly found that this stuff has gotten hard to listen to. It has been almost 20 years since I started studying Objectivist philosophy and this amounts to reviewing the basics I've heard in many, many forms. I think I would more enjoy scholarly treatment of fine points or something, but thi ...more
I enjoy Ayn Rand's books. I also generally enjoy reading about philosophy and Rand's philosophy. However, I don't agree with all of Rand's philosophy or all of the premises in general.

This is an interesting read. The examples are dated, but will still make you think. If you are a younger reader (i.e. under 40) you may not even know some of the examples presented.

Overall, this book will add to the knowledge that you have about philosophy and may make you question the political developments of t
Ravi Warrier
After the two fictions, Ayn Rand should have stopped. For those who didn't understand her philosophy from Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, there is nothing you can do. So, writing more books on Objectivism is just like skinning a dead cat (or whatever the phrase).
This book takes her philosophy over the top. The philosophy, which is great, is not practical in today's world. It is utopic, but not practical. Here's why - (my business blog).
If you have read the two fiction
Tony Canas
I loved Atlas Shrugged so I decided to read a little more about Ayn Rand's philosophy. This collection of essays inspired by Rand are very interesting. Some are very good while others are just extreme and downright wrong. The essays on Anti-Trust Laws are questionable while the one on Healthcare is simply wrong. I still recommend reading it, just keep a critical mind and don't buy everything at face value.
David Glad
Feb 25, 2013 David Glad rated it really liked it
Only one of the essays in this book was by Ayn Rand. (One of the sources of complaints about the book.) Was my first introduction to her designated successor Leonard Peikoff.

Decent introduction on why businessmen should embrace philosophy and stop being on the defensive and start talking of the good they perform in the world.
Dec 17, 2014 Waseem rated it did not like it
This was shockingly boring and robotic - hence perhaps the warning that I should have noticed 'essays' but damn this was boring

Felt like work by someone a student expert of the field but nowhere near real authority that does this week in week out

To Our Continued Success!
Waseem Mirza
Sep 25, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent companion to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. It thoroughly explains the key philosophic points in Atlas Shrugged with concrete and modern examples.
Sep 12, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
Great book with relevant topics. Interesting to hear about the Antitrust rules and the impacts to business innovation.
Feb 22, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, business
Really timely piece in our world of Occupy Wall Street. Not a light read, but worth reading.
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