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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"
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    Reblogged:Ideals: Millstones or Lodestones?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Following up on a recommendation in the third installment of Alex Epstein's excellent Human Flourishing Project podcast, I recently read the short but insightful and valuable The Gap and the Gain, by Dan Sullivan. An achieveable step towards an ideal. (Image by Jonathan Petersson, via Unsplash, license.) Epstein's podcast captures the general message well, and passes along one of the most important changes one can make right away: (1) Most people do not explicitly know how to set (or measur

    LOCOMOTIVE RAND v. NIETZSCHE

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    Rand had some important steady differences with Nietzsche from the first of her publications to her last. She always extolled the virtues of reason and the hard sciences. Rand’s protagonists Kira, Equality 7-2521, Roark, Rearden, and Galt all love science and technology. They embrace technological and social progress, contrary to Nietzsche. They all find the possibility of entirely meaningful work in technical and commercial areas, contrary to Nietzsche’s assessments of work in those areas. They

    1938–46 RAND v. NIETZSCHE

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    A Furnace The Fountainhead includes a remedy of Rand’s very wrong passage in We the Living (1936). Andrei had told Kira that we cannot sacrifice the masses for the sake of the few. She replied: “You can! You must. When those few are the best. . . . What are your masses but mud to be ground under foot, fuel to be burned for those who deserve it [deserve life]? What is the people but millions of puny, shriveled, helpless souls that have no thoughts of their own, no dreams of their own, no wil

    BEFORE ZARATHUSTRA

    Boydstun
    By Boydstun,
    * “. . . trembling with the craving and rapture of questioning . . .” –GS 2 To age 30, the major philosophic influences on Nietzsche were Emerson, Plato (largely negative), Schopenhauer, Lange (materialism), and Kant. At age 21, shortly after his conversion to atheism, Nietzsche read Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Presentation (1844). He remained a Schopenhauerian for ten years, 1865–75. He continued to read Schopenhauer to the end of his intellectual life. Of special importance,

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