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  1. Hi all. I just listed my "Complete Works of Aristotle" (edited by Jonathan Barnes) on eBay. Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=160145753082. Thanks!
  2. Aside from Ruby's text, can you recommend any in particular? In addition, can you recommend any translations of the Organon?
  3. Seriousness, mainly. As is, the music was inappropriate (I don't mean offensive though).
  4. I didn't like it. The music set the tone - and it made the FH to seem like it is, I dunno, like a story about "the architect next door". The FH is a dramatic and powerful story, and that music did NOT match that at all. The shots of the buildings were okay, but Keira Knightly?!?!?! No way! She does not have the presence necessary to play any part in that movie.
  5. Excellent advice, thank you. My purpose in reading the book is not for any professional reasons, but rather to understand the science of logic; and even more generally than that, how the mind can reach truth. A secondary purpose would, perhaps, be - I am simply interested in reading a challenging book.
  6. If by universe you mean the totality of existence, then the answer is that it did not have a "beginning ". Time, as a type of measurement, cannot apply to the universe as a whole - ie. time exists in the universe, the universe does not exist in time. Therefore, the universe is eternal (eternal meaning exists outside of time). I haven't read it in a while, so I couldn't tell you if I still think it very helpful, but here is an article on this topic. Also, and if you are interested enough to spend some money, here is an article by Ron Pisaturo. I bought his philosophy of math articles, and am e
  7. Hi all. I am a, well, poor college student, and I don't have the money to pay for any of the lectures I want to get from the ARB. I was thinking maybe of trying to get it from someone on this forum. Perhaps we could start a lecture service, where we can send each other lectures that we have in our collection. I am personally looking for anything by Peikoff or Binswanger (to borrow from someone or to buy), but in particular: Peikoff- "The DIM Hypothesis" "Unity in Epistemology and Ethics" "Understanding Objectivism" Binswanger- "Consciousness as Identification" "The Metaphysics of Cons
  8. You should give us direct links to ones you like the best.
  9. "Are these sentences grammatical?" What does that mean? Grammatically correct? Is this for a class or something?
  10. I would agree that intrincism is probably the most important (bad) idea people leave Christianity with, but I think the "concretes" (not scare quotes) are still substantial.
  11. To throw my two cents in: I think that what "Matthew J" means is that for him it will take a while. Integration of a philosophy, and the difficulty in both understanding it and applying it to one's life, can be a very difficult task. The difficulty lies in the mental state that a finds himself is in. For instance, a person (such as myself) who has been taught Christianity from childhood holds subconsiously (i.e. has integrated) a lot of bad ideas (e.g. altruism, faith, etc); and it takes that much longer to get rid of them. There is nothing inherent in O'ism which would take it a long time t
  12. You're welcome! Another great post. I would agree with the majority of what you are saying. As Peikoff pointed out in "Fact and Value", Objectivism is restricted to everything that AR ever wrote on the subject. So to me, to say "I am an Objectivist" is a huge thing - it means (techincally) you are in complete agreement with everything that AR ever wrote on Objectivism. I think, then, that "student of O'sim" is a much more accurate term for the majority of us. Additionally, to say "I am an O'st" may imply to a non - O'st listener (given the above proviso) that you are an authority on her w
  13. Excellent post. I can try and find it for you. I believe it was in "Ayn Rand Answers", where she becomes indignant (and rightly so) concerning a question which misrepresented her views (the origin of the misrepresetation being a student, if I remember correctly). If anyone knows what I am talking about, please go ahead and post!
  14. I lot of people on this forum are like that. They have a bastardized version of what they think Objectivism is, and then they talk to others about O'ism from that perspective (which is why AR wrote that people should call themselves "students of O'ism", versus speaking on behalf of O'ism). It really is destructive - both to O'ism and themselves (To be fair, when I first read AR, I acted like that as well). O'ism is a complicated system of ideas - it can't be learned piecemeal or in a short amount of time. It takes years of dedicated study to fully integrate it.
  15. Um, so yeah, I totally abandoned the group I created. You guys want regroup via live chat? (Regroup meaning admitting I didn't read Plato at all.)
  16. Yeah, probably. It may serve as a good intro. I wouldn't recommend the book to an O'ist, however.
  17. You know, I bought CM last week, and so far I am not very impressed. It doesn't seem like Dr. Bernstein is contributing much stuff that's new (at least from the first section). The Annotated Bib. of Liberty (I believe that's what its called) in the back of the book is sweet though.
  18. All- I am starting a O'ist club at the U of MN, so if are interested in joining, send me a PM or post a comment.
  19. Oh, there are tons. "Hans of Iceland", "History of a Crime"...in fact: Published during Hugo's lifetime Nouvelles Odes (1824) Bug-Jargal (1826) Odes et Ballades (1826) Cromwell (1827) Les Orientales (1829) Le Dernier jour d'un condamné (1829) Hernani (1830) Marion Delorme (1831) Les Feuilles d'automne (Autumn Leaves) (1831) Le roi s'amuse (1832) Lucrèce Borgia Lucrezia Borgia (1833) Marie Tudor (1833) Étude sur Mirabeau (1834) Littérature et philosophie mêlées (1834) Claude Gueux (1834) Angelo (1835) Les Chants du crépuscule (1835) Les Voix intérieures (18
  20. So, I stopped reading 93 (the Lowell Blair translation) a while ago just because I wasn't enjoying it. Well, about a week ago I acquired a set of his books, but with a different translation (Nelson and Sons). I was understandably skeptical, but as I began reading, I was sucked in. It was like I was reading an entirely new book. The scene with the cannon still wasn't convincing ( ) , but damn, it was powerful. I will post a sample from each translation to illustrate this. If you are new to Hugo, try and find this translation. It is absolutely stunning.
  21. I so saw a split in this thread coming.
  22. Whoa...I don't think homosexuality makes a person any less (potentially) heroic or noble. All it describes is one's sexual preferences. How can you make that connection? That is just plain bogus. Where is your evidence for this assertion? Since when does one's achievements base themselves on one's sexual orientation? How is virtue contingent on staunch heterosexuality?
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