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  1. Dante

    Arrogance

    Nietzschean influence in her fiction is one thing, and a philosophical debt to Nietzsche is quite another. She did have some particularly Nietzschean-influenced passages in her first novel, We The Living, that she struck from later editions of the novel. While I probably wouldn't have done that, I can understand an author that, when a character is clearly supposed to be speaking for the author and says things the author no longer agrees with, changes those statements. In any case, if you actually learn something about the philosophies of Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Rand, you can clearly see t
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  2. Hotu Matua

    Rights and Grights

    Dear fellows: I have read some few articles on how children make concepts, and I am coming to the conclusion that babies are always actively building a conceptual conciousness and that the first basic concepts appear between 6 to 9 months of age. A very important flaw in my reasoning is that, while small babies do not have the faculty for conceptual thinking, this faculty does not just arrive overnight. There is no clear threshold in which we could say "NOW the baby has arrived to his first concept". Indeed, babies start a process as soon as they are born, by means of which they form the c
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  3. The aim of this essay is to reduce the idea of objectivity so that we can inductively reach Aristotle’s understanding of the concept. It’s important because we need his understanding of the concept to really understand Ayn Rand’s discoveries. After inducing this, we can induce the full, Objectivist understanding of objectivity from Aristotle’s development. The definition of objectivity Aristotle would have given: “volitional adherence to reality by the method of logic.” Dictionary definition: “Not affected by personal feelings; based on facts.” Based on facts, and not based on feeling
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  4. I say yes, assisted suicide is moral, if and when there is objective evidence of the fact that a rational being wants to end his life and cannot do it himself. The crux of the matter is to have that objective evidence. Most prejudices around assisted suicide lie on the belief that the immorality of killing hinges on the mere interruption of the vital functions of other person. In reality, the immorality of a murder lies on violating the mind of other person, acting against his consent, denying his capacity for reason and choice. Murder is immoral because we act as if the other person did
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  5. Dear fellows: I have read some few articles on how children make concepts, and I am coming to the conclusion that babies are always actively building a conceptual conciousness and that the first basic concepts appear between 6 to 9 months of age. A very important flaw in my reasoning is that, while small babies do not have the faculty for conceptual thinking, this faculty does not just arrive overnight. There is no clear threshold in which we could say "NOW the baby has arrived to his first concept". Indeed, babies start a process as soon as they are born, by means of which they form the c
    1 point
  6. That second video is a perfect proof of Ayn Rand's rejection of conservatives.
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  7. RichyRich

    Arrogance

    An example; Glenn Beck, the darling of the right, LOVES Rand. Obviously he doesn't agree with her atheism and such things but he manages to look past that because essentially he is cut from the same cloth. There is no-one on the left who admires her since the left and Rand are completely alien. The closest I can think of is Christopher Hitchens and he doesn't so much as admire her, as mockingly acknowledge her existence.
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