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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

    Ari Audio Lectures

    RationalEgoistSG
    By RationalEgoistSG,
    I am currently looking into purchasing some audio lectures from the ARI bookstore. Seeing as how I am a poor college student, I am looking for lectures that would provide the most value. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

    How would you define potentiality?

    AshRyan
    By AshRyan,
    In my Ancient Greek Philosophy class this week, we have been discussing Aristotle's distinction between potentiality and actuality. An acorn is not an actual oak tree, but it has the potential to become an oak tree--but it does not have the potential to become an apple tree. A human child has the potential to become many different things--a doctor, a painter, a factory worker, etc., etc.--but not all of these things, and he does not have the potential to become, say, a toaster or a cow. My question is this: is it fair to say that potentiality is essentially a negative concept, which just means something along the lines of, "that which does not contradict the nature of the entity in question"? That is, does saying that an acorn has the potential to become on oak tree but not an apple tree simply mean that it would not contradict the nature of an acorn to become an oak tree, but it would contradict the nature of an acorn to become an apple tree? Or can potentiality be defined positively? How would you define potentiality?

    Imperialism

    Falafel
    By Falafel,
    European Imperialism of the middle east, Africa, Asia, etc. Was it justified? As an officer of some European nation in the past, would you have supported invading and colonising the territories of Africa, Asia, etc? Was it moral? Your thoughts

    Is this forum limited to college students?

    CICEROSC
    By CICEROSC,
    I've been looking for an objectivist forum that used an advanced bulletin board / discussion software like this, so I'll plan to lurk for a while. I'm long out of college though (45 now) and a lawyer, so I won't try to cut in too often. Good luck with your board. Keeping these things from being flame wars is a major challenge, I know......

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