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  1. People have to learn to handle their subconscious premises, and they can make innocent mistakes about it. Thus it doesn't follow that someone with an unbreached rationality will be perfectly integrated in his psychology. Conversely, it doesn't follow that someone who feels an out-of-context desire has been irrational somewhere. The long-term ideal of the rational man is to achieve perfect integration between conscious and subconscious, and this needs to be striven for. But its lack at any given time is not a sure sign of irrationality, and it doesn't defeat the virtue of actions based on expli
  2. To see the contrast between virtue ethicists and Objectivism on the nature of virtue as a character trait versus a principle of action, note how I say in the essay: This points to Aristotle's distinction between the virtuous man and the merely "continent" man. A virtuous man, according to Aristotle, not only acts rightly, he does so naturally. His whole psychology must be harmonized with right action. He has no temptation to do wrong, and no emotional responses that conflict with what he should do. If he did, he wouldn't be virtuous, but merely "continent." Ayn Rand doesn't hold t
  3. The Objectivist ethics doesn't fit into any of the standard categories of normative ethics that mainstream academic philosophy uses: It's neither deontological, nor consequentialist, nor a virtue ethics. (Of the three, I'd say it's closest to being a consequentialism. But it's still not one.) In differentiating other ethical theories from consequentialism, it's common to confuse consequentialism--which is a very broad category of ethical theories--with some variant of utilitarianism, and I see that confusion in this thread as well. While utilitarianism is the most popular form of conseque
  4. As you can see, I had to edit the living daylights out of it to fit under the word limit. I still got third place. The prize was a small selection of Rand books.
  5. I have put a lot of effort into this blog over the last few years: Objectivism for Intellectuals | Exploring the depths of Ayn Rand's revolutionary philosophy. I always strive toward intellectual rigor and creating an understanding of principles' contexts in the reader. Sometimes this means that the writing doesn't flow as smoothly as it might if I were to write in a more casual style. But I hope that intelligent and thoughtful people will appreciate the rigor and perhaps gain some insight from it.
  6. When I conceived these, I did take some inspiration from the treatment that the Bible gets. But the Bible doesn't deserve the lavish treatments its editions get. I wanted to see the justice of the books that deserve that treatment far more, getting it. But I also purposely avoided making the covers overly ornate. I wanted the editions to be rich and beautiful, but also elegant. But I no longer think of the Bible when I look at these renderings. The Bible doesn't belong in the world where these books can look like this. So please leave behind the baggage of our current culture, and its
  7. Finally got my art images of Ayn Rand's novels done and posted a link in Productivity. : )

  8. Ayn Rand's novels as they might be and ought to be presented, (at least in my opinion): These original renderings of Ayn Rand's novels in rich, elegant binding. The exteriors of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem and We The Living are shown in formal black and embellished with thematic, metallic details. To download high resolution sets of these images, click here: Ayn Rand Novels -- Art Renderings
  9. Alex Epstein's environmental debate will be LiveStreamed today (Mon.) at 4:00 Pacific, 7:00 Eastern.

  10. You seem to assume that every topic any Objectivist intellectual discusses has to be geared toward either a ) activism to spread Objectivism, or b ) new and profound generalizations. Why can't someone's purpose be, say, helping people who already live by the principles apply them to everyday life? Could people never find value in this, considering that the only reason the principles exist is so that they can be applied?
  11. Tomorrow (10/16) is the last day to help fund Alex Epstein's environmental debate. http://www.indiegogo.com/mckibbenvsepstein

  12. As of 10-15-12, tomorrow is the last day to donate to fund the publication of this landmark debate. Alex Epstein has requested $35,000 and has gotten about $19,000. If you value his message, please give what you can. (The third link in the post above.)
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