Friday, 17 February 2017

Recommended Books on Epistemology

Based on the reading that I have done in the past few months, here’s my recommendation of some good books on Ayn Rand’s theory of epistemology.

I should caution that this is not a comprehensive list of books on the subject—it necessarily consists of the titles that I have read and I have found profound and useful.

I have listed the titles in the order in which a beginner should read them. For instance, I have placed Dr. Harry Binswanger’s How We Know at the first position because it gives a step-by-step exposition of the fundamental ideas in epistemology. The other books will be easier to understand if it is read first.

Similarly the books on 2nd position and 3rd position have the knowledge that will be critical for comprehending the discussion in the books further down in the list.

Here’s my recommendation:

1. How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation by Dr. Harry Binswanger

2. Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Dr. Leonard Peikoff

3. Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand

4. The Evidence of the Senses: A Realist Theory of Perception by Dr. David Kelley

5. A Theory of Abstraction by Dr. David Kelley

6.  The Logical Leap: Induction in Science by Dr. David Harriman

7. A Companion to Ayn Rand, Edited by Allan Gotthelf and Gregory Salmieri

8. Concepts And Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology, Edited by Allan Gotthelf and James G. Lennox

To understand the philosophical background in which Ayn Rand developed her ideas in epistemology it is necessary to study Aristotle. Here's the list of three books on the Aristotelian system:

1. An Introduction to Logic by H. W. B. Joseph

2. Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism by Dr. Chris Matthew Sciabarra

3. A Companion to Aristotle, Edited by Georgios Anagnostopoulos

The first book in the above list is on Aristotle’s logic, the second has an insight into Aristotle’s dialectics, and the third is an exposition of Aristotle’s entire corpus.  

1 comment:

  1. for #5:
    A Theory of Abstraction
    David Kelley
    Paperback: 34 pages
    Publisher: The Objectivist Center (April 2001)
    ISBN-13: 978-1577240624

    “A Theory of Abstraction” was originally published in Cognition and Brain Theory,
    1984, 7 (3 & 4), pp. 329–357.

    for #6:
    The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics
    David Harriman
    New American Library (2010)