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  1. This is actually what Ayn Rand explained, --Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto, Art and Cognition Throughout her writings, Ayn Rand was always careful to be clear in her use of the word "subjective", as she is in the above explanation. I prefer the word "personal" to "subjective" because it is less likely to be confused with subjectivism. J, I don't understand your discussion of the "predicting the future." All values, including of beauty and good music, are metaphysically tied to reality--in the present--even if the conceptual relationship to reality is yet to be discovered. In y
  2. J, Ayn Rand did explain that, "until a conceptual vocabulary is discovered and defined, no objectively valid criteria of esthetic judgement is possible in the field of music. ..." (Original emphasis.) Quite a bit more can be said about beauty, however, including its relation to age, health, and physical proportions, among other things, for which we do have at least some conceptual vocabulary. Philosohically, there is a crucial difference between objectivity and subjectivity. That a concept may need to be discovered and defined does not take it out of the philosphically objective--it
  3. Hello J, The ultimate, objective standard of value is man's life. Every kind of particular value judgment--from beauty and love to stylized cartoons and rock arrangements--is measured relative to his standard. But because man does not measure such relationships to his life with a protractor or ruler does not make the measurement subjective. Within limited ranges, which are established by the requirements of man's life, personal preferences are possible and optional. That ranges are possible, and rational men can differ as to the ranges of certain values such as beauty, does not make un
  4. Beauty is a kind of value judgment. As a value judgment, the standard of man’s life ultimately dictates the standard of beauty. More particularly, the objective standard of beauty is the physical nature of man qua man. The metaphysically given standard of beauty includes limited ranges of symmetry, proportions, hair colors, etc., all of which are identifiable with the nature of man qua man, and, ultimately, correlated to man’s life as the standard of value. Among other things, visible manifestations of good health contribute to a judgment of beauty, whereas visible manifestations of ill health
  5. Perhaps you will find this helpful, J: --Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Concepts of Consciousness, pp. 32-35. I suggest you read (or re-read) this material, as it seems to be at the root of your questions (and animosity).
  6. More particularly: --Ayn Rand, The Journals of Ayn Rand, The Moral Basis of Individualism, p. 291. --Leonard Peikoff, Objectivism:The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Chapter 12, Art
  7. Thanks for the article, Gus. softwareNerd, at least there is always a "public need" for a new moving company offering a lower price. Unless the moving company offers its services for too low a price, which would be anti-trust. Unless it is an advertiser-supported moving company, which offers its services for "free"; which would be "unfair competition" (a la Google offering its map service for free in France). You can't win for losing. :-(
  8. The mind is incompetent? How do they know?
  9. Hi Brian, These don't contradict, either. McCaskey did not say why Dr. Peikoff "preferred to have it stand as is." Perhaps McCaskey did not know why, as they appear to have had little communication. In any case, Peikoff just now offered his explanation. Regarding your suggestion of a 4th option, Peikoff did not need to negotiate with McCaskey regarding publishing a follow-up explanation to provide context for his original e-mail. Peikoff' always had the option to offer a follow-up explanation, as he may judge appropriate. He chose to publish a follow-up explanation yesterday. He cou
  10. The added underlining shows that these two statements do reconcile.
  11. I volunteer to be one of them. You can choose which one you want me to be. :=)
  12. I don't buy "misleading." Perhaps someone's played enough chess to be concerned about more than one move ahead. :=)
  13. Although dated November 5, 2010, Dr. Peikoff just published a public statement on his website, including regarding the issue of damning McCaskey to hell. http://www.peikoff.c...i-board-member/
  14. In response to the quote from Rory, a voluntary association should not tolerate dissent from any high-level manager directed to its central purpose, regardless of the nature of its central purpose. I don't know about ARI's corporate charter, but its central purpose as stated on its website is: http://www.aynrand.o...ename=about_ari ARI should not tolerate dissent on its central purpose of introducing young people to Ayn Rand's novels. ARI should not tolerate dissent on its purpose of supporting scholarship and research based on her ideas, either. Agreement with the central purp
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