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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

    Question about values

    John
    By John,
    If I value something in nature such as oil and I obtain it without initiating force against others it is mine. How would I explain this to other rational people? What are the principles involved?

    The Ethics of Thoughts and Desires

    sanchopanza
    By sanchopanza,
    Can thoughts and desires, anything within a person's own mind, ever be subject to moral judgement? I have been arguing this point with a few people and surprisingly few agree with me that thoughts and desires will always be amoral. I purposely used extreme examples such as child molestation to prove the point and most people argue back that even thinking about immoral actions is immoral. I even spoke to somebody who denied the existence of amorality - every action or thought he concluded

    Research

    ernie
    By ernie,
    I'm doing a little research, and was hoping you guys could answer a question for me. Feel free to say whatever comes to mind, or not respond at all. I won't use your responses for any specific purpose. It's just to help me understand a few things. In Atlas Shrugged, John Galt asks Dagny about the feeling she had when The John Galt Line made its first run. He says it's that feeling he chose to accept as the norm in his life, the greatest sense of accomplishment. Each of Ayn Rand's character

    Hi!

    Patrick
    By Patrick,
    I am currently an undergraduate majoring in philosophy. My goal is to go to grad school, get a PhD, and begin an academic career. I want to teach philosophy as well as publish my own work. I have read every book ever published by Ayn Rand and I happen to agree with her on every philosophical issue - for this reason I consider myself an Objectivist.

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