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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    Critique of Ayn Rand’s Ethics

    By Veritas,
    Ok, I thought it would be easier to continue the conversation in here and it will be easy to keep track of.  Right, it is by being alive that I have a reason to choose to continue to maintain being alive or not.  I am not sure I am following your connection that if we have a choice “and it is reason based” that the choice cannot be based on life being the standard. It is not life in general it is ‘my” life. What makes possible the ability to make a choice at all is that there is existe

    Rand and Peikoff on the Standard of Value

    By MisterSwig,
    You might be interested to know how Peikoff changed a particular paragraph on the standard of value between his 1976 lecture "The Philosophy of Objectivism" and his book OPAR, published in 1991. After arguing, in '76, that lower organisms act automatically and that "implicitly life is the standard of value guiding their actions," he continues: Fifteen years later, in OPAR, he says that for plants and animals, "implicitly, life is their inbuilt standard of value, which determines all their

    Correspondence and Coherence blog

    By merjet,
    I didn't see a forum where I thought this post fits well. If the moderators want to move it to another forum , that's okay. Anyway, I've been posting to this blog for a while, and believe some would find an interest in a couple recent ones. LeBron, Trump, Altruism Marconi #6   This is one of a series of 11 that I wrote while reading a biography of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless technology and often credited with inventing the radio. The post refers to John Galt.  

    "Man's life"? Or, "your life"?

    By whYNOT,
    If an intellectual were to state that his cognition and knowledge were "the standard of reality", any Objectivist would easily refute the proposition as subjectivist and primacy of consciousness. Why then is it commonly accepted (I have heard and read fairly regularly) and not challenged, that: "an individual's life is the standard of value"? (Another way: - "My life is my standard of value")? Rand's formulation reads: "The Objectivist ethics holds man's life as the *standard* of value

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