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  1. After reading this, I found that it may not be as clear to you as it is to me. I'll explain - the concept of 'View', epistemologicaly, may not be regarded always as metaphysicaly infalliable. When one uses it in such a way as - "Mr. X's view on abortion", it doesn't neccecerily have to be consistent with reality or not. The sentence simply states Mr. X's opinion. The concept 'Deals', pretains to one's reaction to the metaphysicaly given. I think that it is a psychological term that reflects how one relates to facts of reality - to knowledge that was already gained. The concept 'Stud
  2. ashleyisachild, Have you read my posts in this thread? If so, what are your thoughts?
  3. You quoted me right and then referred to another concept which doesn't really fit here: I used the terms 'Deals' and 'Studies'. You used the term 'View'. Do you see the difference?
  4. The fallacy of the frozen abstraction? Not really. It may be hard for some people to understand that fallacy without a proper example. Rand offered one: (Rand, 'Collectivized Ethics', VOS, 94.) The fallacy of the frozen abstraction can be easily identified by the best tool for any epistemological analysis - Rand's 'Theory of Concepts.' Let's check Rand's example and later, mine. The definition of the term 'Ethics': Ethics is the third branch of philosophy that, in Ayn Rand's words, provides "a code of values to guide man's choices and actions - the choices which determine the purp
  5. Don, you've defeated your apponent eloquently. Nothing is left for anarchistic theory to speak-of once it is properly identified for what it really is, which is a theory that is "totally removed from reality." Rand answered all of those rationalistic arguments in her essay "The Nature of Government". One point I'd like to clarify which is the basis for Mr. Garner assumptions is his false definition for anarchy: He writes that the term 'Anarchy' means the ÔÇťabsence of ruler". that is incorrect. The right definition is : "The absence of organized government." (Oxford dic.) It would hav
  6. This is how I decide: The definition of ice is: Solid water. The proposition is: ice is solid. Ice is water = ice is ice. Try another example (also from IOE): i) 2+2 = 4 ii)2 qts. of water mixed with 2 qts. of ethyl alchohol yeild 3.86 qts. of liquid, at 15.56 C. The first is obviously analytic (2+2 =4 => 1+1+1+1=1+1+1+1) do you think the seconed is also analytic? Nol, I wasn't joking. What made you think that?
  7. An Analytic truth is a proposition that can be validated merely by an analysis of the meaning of its constituent concepts (also called "logical truths"). Example: i)Ice is solid. ii)Ice floats on water. The first proposition is Analytic, the seconed synthetic. "A 'Synthetic' proposition is defined as one which cannot be validated merely by an analysis of the meanings or definitions of its constituent concepts." *Both definitions and the example were taken from Leonard Peikoff's 'The Analytic- Synthetic dichtomy' (IOE, 90-91).
  8. Do you still see Kant (for example) as a philosopher, not from a layman's point of view but from yours? Consider two definitions: 1) A Philosopher - A person who deals with philosophy. 2) A Philosopher - A person who deals with, and studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man and of man's relationship to existence. It is obvious that both are analitic truths but, as you see, the first depends on the other. Some people will accept only the first as a valid definition while failing to understand what philosophy is (as defined in the seconed). I claim that Kant is not a philosopher
  9. Look for the loopholes in your constitution. Every effect has a cause.
  10. 1)Philosophy is an integrated system. One which "studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man's relationship to existence." (PWNI 2) There can be no contradictions. A 'philosophy' with contradictions fails to be an integrated system (since contradictions cannot exist, they cannot be integrated), fails to identify the fundamental nature of existence and of man. Therefore any philosophy that contradicts itself. Is not really a philosophy. For the best of my knowledge, Objectivism is the only truely integrated philosophy, therefore, the only philosophy that deserves it
  11. whatever, my argument will stay in this forum to all those who wish to think. my work here is done! REASON IS NOT AUTOMATIC. THOSE WHO DENY IT CANNOT BE CONQUERED BY IT. DON'T COUNT ON THEM. LEAVE THEM ALONE. -A. R.
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