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"
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I've been in and out of this forum since it started but never got around to joining. Steve and David are incredibly productive with this site -- cheers to you. Anyhow, I'm a graduate student in aero/astro engineering at stanford. Looking forward to making some posts. I'll take this opt. to plug my site: www.d-anconia.com.
By Old Geezer,
Apparently the United States is responsible for tribal fighting that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands....silly me, I would have thought it was the people doing the fighting GRRR....
Hi everyone, I'm a first time poster with a long-time interest in Objectivism, now seeking more knowledge on the subject. Having recently read the Romantic manifesto, I am comparing Rand's definition of Romanticism with the composers and writers to whom academia has given the same label. Particularly, I am speaking of Lizst, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and their ilk. I saw in the "favorite music" thread that there are fans of these composers, so I am sure some will say they certainly believe their works to be in line with Objectivism's aesthetic principles, but if anyone is interested, I'd like to hear your thoughts on how these composers fit into Rand's philosophy of art. Are there any serious composers or pieces you'd recommend who you feel exemplify the Objectivist sense of life? This also suggests another question. Based on the favorite music thread, it seems some of you here like rock, pop and jazz in addition to Romantic and Classical. What do you think defines music that is palatable to Objectivists - is it merely the sense of life displayed therein? Or is there a level of musicianship that you look for? The "tiddlywink music" that Ayn Rand is said to have loved is really quite simplistic, but incredibly jubilant. However, Rand also loved Rachmaninoff's piano concertos. My own tastes are similar, as I like much very complex Romantic, classical and progressive rock music, but also enjoy some simplistic, energetic pop and punk music that makes me feel excited and happy. Feel free to discuss your own views on what constitutes great music, and how your view squares with Objectivist aesthetics.
Is the principle of rights an ethical principle or a political principle; ie, which branch of philosophy deals with the concept? Going deeper, what exactly is the dividing line between the two branches in general?