In this Q&A session, delivered on June 28th at Objectivist Summer Conference 2008, Leonard Peikoff tackles numerous questions, including a number that bear on his own personal values. These include:
- Works of fiction he has been reading recently
- The role of productive work in his retirement
- His purpose in hosting a podcast
- His favorite novel, play, painting, sculpture and song
- What Ayn Rand loved the most about Kalman
- What he likes about The Twilight Zone, and his favorite episode
- His favorite memories of Ayn Rand
Peikoff also answers questions on cultural and philosophic topics, including:
- Why are so few women involved in Objectivism?
- What changes would he make to his book The Ominous Parallels if he were writing it today?
- Is the Objectivist ethics in conflict with the view that an organism’s ultimate goal is reproduction?
- What were Ayn Rand’s views on evolution?
- What are the boundaries of the principle that it’s justifiable to lie to defend one’s privacy?
- Can the choice to remain in focus be motivated?