Report An error in Rand's Metaphysics? in Metaphysics and Epistemology Posted January 29, 2012 Rand was brilliant in many ways, but the crux of her metaphysics, the doctrine of primacy-of-existence vs. the primacy-of-consciousness, seems flawed. Objectivism holds that existence exists as an axiomatic primary. Fine. Nowhere does objectivism deny that consciousness exists. However, Objectivism does claim that existence is primary as opposed to consciousness, without providing any reason unless I have missed it. I am looking at OPAR currently, when I state this. If consciousness exists, then it is just as likely to be primary as anything else which exists. That is, no one can know just exactly what is or is not primary. The concept of eternity itself obviates such an idea of primacy. The error has to do, in large part, to the myopic emphasis on perception as (for the purposes of the metaphysics) the role of consciousness. the very concept of eternity obviates any notion of primacy, does it not?