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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


    By MisterSwig,
    This thread is devoted to the nature and problem of universals, particularly in relation to the Objectivist theory of concept-formation. What are universals? What is the problem related to them? I'll begin with the Wikipedia entry--to present the issue as neutrally as possible. A universal is something that particular things have in common. This common something can be a kind of thing, a property of a thing, or a relation of a thing. Beyond that, there are theories about the further identification of universals, because it is not obvious how we have knowledge of them or where they even come from. This leads into the essential problem of universals. The problem arises from the fact that we observe similarity, yet every kind, property, or relation of a thing is a unique, particular kind, property, or relation. Thus, how do we get from awareness of particulars to awareness of similarities? From knowledge of specifics to knowledge of universals? The problem begins simply with the recognition of similarity, or commonality. It doesn't begin with an explanation or location for universals. It doesn't say that universals exist in this way or that way, or that they're located in here or over there. But it does acknowledge the existence of particular things which can be similar in some respect. And it also acknowledges a consciousness capable of identifying similarity. Where anyone's theory goes from there is not the problem of universals, but an attempt at solving it. If anyone disagrees so far, please present the problem as you see it. Otherwise, in a day or two, I'll move on and address the argument presented by Intrinsicist elsewhere.

    Objective Black and White Ideals

    (MIKE) MichaleHansonBryan
    By (MIKE) MichaleHansonBryan,
    In religion, there are a set of supposed "Objective" values and ideals (ie, good: charity, sacrifice, honesty,   and bad: homosexuality, individualism, cutting your hair) So I would Love to know what do Objectivists view as wrong and right, evil and good, black and white. I already got the whole, man should neither sacrifice himself for others and others should not sacrifice themselfs for him. But I would Love to know more specific virtues/behaviors that are good and spefic virtues/behaviors that are bad. It would be great if your answers are in list form.

    Donald Trump

    By Skylark1,
    What do you guys think about President Trump? Or is it still too early to form an opinion?

    What is an Adult

    (MIKE) MichaleHansonBryan
    By (MIKE) MichaleHansonBryan,
    In Objectivism, when should person no longer considered a minor/child, but a fully responsible and reasonable adult who can make there choices? Ie: Marriage, Work, Sex, Voting, ect.

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