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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

    Mind *and* Body

    gabrielpm
    By gabrielpm,
    In my previous topic, about having children, GreedyCapitalist made a very interesting and revealing comment for the Objectivism mindset, about how one shouldn't care if one's children share his genes. I can't seem to be able to get my head around this one. Maybe you can clear up some issues... If we are both mind and body, a union in a single entity of the two, which is what I believe, then it is logical to presume that both elements are part of our self-image, part of the *actual* self.

    Is Courage a virtue?

    AshRyan
    By AshRyan,
    According to many ethical systems (particularly those of the ancients), courage is a cardinal virtue. It is not, however, one of those named by Ayn Rand in her account of virtue. What is courage, and how does it fit into the Objectivist ethics? My thoughts on this so far are that courage could be defined as the loyalty to values in the face of significant opposition or danger. It could be classified as a minor virtue derivative of (or subsumed under) the virtue of integrity. Thoughts?

    Property Ownership

    Bob_Jones
    By Bob_Jones,
    Some questions on property rights I am wondering how something first becomes owned (not becoming owned by being purchased from a previous owner) and how you apply ownership to things that move over or through many properties (such as air, rivers, and aquifers). Also, does an individual own the airspace above his land to an infinite height? who own's the moon (or how could one come to own it)

    Is it ever rational to be irrational?

    The Sailor
    By The Sailor,
    Is there ever a time for irrational behavior within the objectivist views?

    The Ole Soviet Constitution!

    Old Geezer
    By Old Geezer,
    Have you guys ever read through the 1977 Soviet Constitution? Theres some pretty crazy shit in there! Its as if they stopped equivocating and were honest for once (I skimmed over the Preamble, Its the Articles that have the real meaty propoganda!) http://www.oefre.unibe.ch/law/icl/r100000_.html Yikes! to think that that nation existed!

    Chinese Constitution Chance

    danielshrugged
    By danielshrugged,
    At first I didn't know what to make of the fact that China will be adding a clause to its Constitution that reads, "Private property obtained legally is inviolable." Then I realized that such a clause changes nothing, because it leaves unanswered the question of what constitutes legal acquisition of private property. For instance, does that refer to property which the state takes by force and hands over to an individual, while voluntary relationships are illegal means of acquring private propert

    Interesting observation

    Invictus
    By Invictus,
    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. Source

    Thanks to all....

    RationalBiker
    By RationalBiker,
    I don't normally do this kind of post. Frankly, I hope people don't see it as inappropriate or corny or whatever, particularly since I haven't even been a member here for that long. I want to extend my appreciation to the operators and members of this site for creating the environment that I have found here! I participate in several different forums on a variety of different topics from games, to photography and to politics. Most of these forums are battlegrounds for differing opinio

    Aristotle, McKerlie, Eudaimonia, and Egoism: A Def

    F23AC
    By F23AC,
    Anthony Carreras May 7, 2004 Aristotle, McKerlie, Eudaimonia, and Egoism: A Defense of the Egoistic Eudaimonism Interpretation It is generally accepted that Aristotle's moral theory in the Nicomachean Ethics is egoistic, at least in a formal sense. We are told that eudaimonia is the highest good and therefore we should each aim at our own happiness. Our fundamental concern is with making our own lives realize eudaimonia. This does not specify what eudaimo

    The Intellectual Activist online

    WGD
    By WGD,
    At www.intellectualactivist.com Robert Tracinsk is offering a free month of his new TIA online.

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