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    Correspondence and Coherence blog

    Modern Austrian Economics #1 Modern Austrian Economics #2
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    Correspondence and Coherence blog

    Two Kinds of AprioriAccountable Capitalism ActRothbard on Economic Paradigms
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    Holding an idea without accepting it

    Yes, Book IV, Chapter XX.5 http://enlightenment.supersaturated.com/johnlocke/longcontents.html
  4. 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.
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    The Genuine Problem Of Universals

    Relatedly, there is an article "Conceptualism in Abelard and Rand" by Peter Saint-Andre in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies V4N1. It can be read online for free with free registration at www.jstor.org (link). The abstract for it is: The author provides textual evidence that calls into question Ayn Rand's characterization of conceptualism as simply a kind of nominalism, as well as her claim that her theory of knowledge is a sui generis "Objectivism" rather than a form of conceptualism. Here is a webpage I found searching for Saint-Andre's article. I had not seen it and only scanned it, so I won't comment on it.
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    The Genuine Problem Of Universals

    One dictionary definition is "a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution" (link). Many times problem is used to mean something to be explained more than solved.
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    The Genuine Problem Of Universals

    The first sentence of the second paragraph in the opening post expresses a centuries old view about universals. Wikipedia's summary of the problem of universals is here. It refers to conceptualism, for which Wikipedia has a link to another summary. It arose later and now is generally considered a major alternative to realism and nominalism. The quote in the opening post is from Objectivism and the Corruption of Rationality. On Amazon there are several reviews, most of which are 1-star or 5-stars. One of the 1-star reviews is by me. If you haven't already read the book, maybe the reviews will help you to decide whether or not the book is worth reading.
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    More exactly, Roderick T. Long wrote an article referencing Browne's work in JARS V7N1, and Browne responded to Long's article in JARS V8N1. Both can be read online with a free subscription to www.jstor.org.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    Thank you for your post, Stephen B. I will comment on one part of it. I think that interpretation is consistent with most, but not all, of what Ayn Rand wrote. I think my clause "but not all" can be based on a number of things she wrote, but I will limit myself to two. One is the passage in VoS quoted in the third post of this thread. Two is from Atlas Shrugged, p. 29, as follows. Taggart Transcontinental has lost a shipping contract with Ellis Wyatt to a competitor. Dagny Taggart: "We've lost the Wyatt oil fields" (p. 16). Dagny Taggart: "Ellis Wyatt is not asking anybody to give him a chance. And I'm not in business to give chances. I'm running a railroad." James Taggart: "That's an extremely narrow view, it seems to me. I don't see why we should want to help one man instead of a whole nation." Dagny Taggart: "I'm not interested in helping anybody. I want to make money." How is it that Dagny is not interested in helping Ellis Wyatt? She wishes that Taggart Transcontinental still had Ellis Wyatt as a customer. If that were still the case, her making money is helping herself, and she would be helping Ellis Wyatt achieve his goals. Returning to your passage I quoted, I like a little different wording, indicated by brackets: "an egoism in which some right actions are not [solely] for the actor’s [benefit], only [partly] so. [Partly], they could be for the [benefit] of one not oneself, nonetheless count as egoistic." While X can help Y when X and Y are trading partners, X rationally helping Y is not limited to trading. For example, X and Y could be co-workers for the same firm Z. X and Y each have the same goal of Z's goal/success. Similarly, in basketball player X could assist his/her teammate Y to achieve their mutual goal of their team winning the game.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    Spelling corrected.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    Your minding reading skills are poor.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    I asked a simple question: "Also, why couldn't a breach be voluntary or forced by a non-altruist thug?" You refused to answer it. Bye.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    I could but I choose not to. I don't forsee enough value in it for me. If she had not said it, we could discard most of this thread. Thank you, Stephen B.
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    Really? Ayn Rand gave the following advice about reading philosophers. "You must attach clear, specific meanings to words, i.e., be able to identify their referents in reality. This is a precondition, without which neither critical judgment nor thinking of any kind is possible. [...] You must not take a catch phrase -- or any abstract statement -- as if it were approximate. Take it literally. Don’t translate it, don’t glamorize it, don’t make the mistake of thinking, as many people do: “Oh, nobody could possibly mean this!” and then proceed to endow it with some whitewashed meaning of your own." (“Philosophical Detection”, Philosophy: Who Needs It, p. 18-19; my bold)
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    "Egoism and Others" by Merlin Jetton

    Fair enough. Yet: The Objectivist virtues are rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, and pride. Are trust and cooperation not broad or fundamental enough to any of those virtues? I think they are -- at least to integrity, honesty, justice, and productiveness. Note that my abstract ties trust and cooperation to living a productive life.