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    I am currently studying Objectivism in greater detail. I am not an objectivist as such, though the differences between my philosophy and that of Ayn Rand appear quite small in the overall scheme of things. I believe that there is an objective truth, but I am pretty sure that Ayn Rand did not discover it perfectly. At the moment, I am in particular dealing with three problems. Firstly, I feel that Ayn Rand's position on abortion can only be arrived at with the addition of unspecified assumptions. Secondly, I am troubled by Leonard Peikoff's cataclysmic errors of judgement regarding Islamism and foreign policy analysis. If you think that AR or LP are infallible, it's probably best we avoid communication because most likely we will not be able to understand one another. Thirdly, I am wondering what actually constitutes an objectivist, and if the act of defining this is not an inherently subjective act? If you can help me with either of those two problems, and you believe as I do in free thought and free expression, then I'd be very glad to hear from you.
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  1. Does anyone know if there are any counselling services offered by people who practise objectivism, or at the very least rational egoist people? What is necessary is discussion of problems such that the counselled person might be better able to order their thoughts and integrate them into solutions/course of action. Many thanks
  2. I am more or less committed to spending some of my time over the next few years studying and coming to terms with objectivism. At the point I am at now, I would like some feedback on how to get a full handle on it. Ethically (and therefore politically) I disagree with very little of what AR said, and at the other end of understanding I agree with her three basic axioms and much of her epistemology. Getting from some of that, to some of her views - most notably abortion, is something I am having difficult understanding. So it occurred to me that possibly I'm not being methodical enough. Any ideas?
  3. *** Mod's note: Merged with a similar topic. -sN *** First some facts: 1. To date (10.35pm GMT+1 on 25th November 2009) I have never described myself as an objectivist. I still consider myself to be in disagreement with many objectivists I have spoken to on a great deal of issues. 2. I am still working through the vast body of objectivist thought and writing, and am willing to accept that my knowledge might be incomplete to make certain judgements yet. 3. I have witnessed some quite worrying disagreements in philosophical discussions between people who both (or all) claimed to be objectivists. Now my questions- Do objectivists consider that there are basic tenets which, if one accepts, then one is an objectivist, but that there are other areas of thought which are still open to discussion, within which objectivists are striving towards the truth. A different question, or perhaps a different way of phrasing this is "Can one disagree with Ayn Rand on a given issue and still be an objectivist? And if so, which issues?" I feel I should also say that I write this message because although I would not call myself an objectivist (yet?) I feel that I might one day do so, and I would value any input from objectivists who can sympathise with my thoughts and help answer some of my questions. I feel I should ALSO say that I while I disagree, as I have said, with some objectivists on some issues, I agree with a great deal of objectivists on a great deal of issues also. I feel I should ALSO say that I am increasingly finding that non-objectivists are making less and less sense to me. Your input would be much appreciated.
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