Jump to content
Objectivism Online Forum


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by Boydstun

  1. Clip from the fine film Love Letters (1945). Writer of screenplay - Ayn Rand. (The popular song of the same title was written that year and was played without the words in that film. In 1962 an adaptation of it recorded by Ketty Lester became a hit. I was 13. I like that recording very much.)
  2. Further Contrast of Quine and Rand/Peikoff – A In the post before the last two in this “Preparation” thread, I conveyed some of Quine’s case against a sharp divide between types of proposition designated by Logical Empiricists as analytic and those designated as synthetic. Additional elements in Quine’s case and comparison with Peikoff’s Objectivist case were conveyed in the thread "Peikoff's Dissertation" in the two posts Conventionalism VII and VIII. In the present post and and at least one following it, I’ll add to the comparison of Quine’s case for no analytic-synthetic bifurcation (N
  3. SL, I understand her to be saying that such power of refrainment that is had by some of the nonhuman animals is not deliberate and is not free. So the problem she sets for herself within the rest of the book is to draft a conception of all those refrainments and to set the human genre of them as alone being deliberate and free refrainments.
  4. “We do not need and should not want to have an openness in the flow of reality that consists in the possibility of our making decisions for which we can imagine no conceivable rationale. We do not therefore need the (incompatibilistically construed) power, in respect to each decision made, to have made the opposite decision. But we do need, if there is to be such a thing as agency at all, the general capacity to organize, order, and direct our lives in such a way that we thereby settle the particular details of what happens in those lives at the time at which we act (or decide to do something—
  5. Merlin, in the Index, under POWER: one-way, two-way. Maybe you can see pp. 155-56? It's looking to be a great book the more I see of it.
  6. I think 2046 has her right. “What I am calling the ‘Challenge from Chance’ has been formulated, over the years, in many different ways. The basic idea is that it is impossible to see how indeterminism could possibly provide us with anything that we might want in the way of freedom, anything that could really amount to control as opposed to an openness in the flow of reality that would constitute merely the injection of chance or randomness into the unfolding of the processes that underlie our activity. . . . “This worry, in one form or another, is present in an enormous number of com
  7. Of related interest: "A Metaphysics for Freedom argues that agency itself-and not merely the special, distinctively human variety of it-is incompatible with determinism. For determinism is threatened just as surely by the existence of powers which can be unproblematically accorded to many sorts of animals, as by the distinctively human powers on which the free will debate has tended to focus. Helen Steward suggests that a tendency to approach the question of free will solely through the issue of moral responsibility has obscured the fact that there is a quite different route to incompati
  8. Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy - Robert Hanna (Oxford 2001) Robert Hanna (Oxford 2001) From the publisher: “The rise of analytic philosophy decisively marked the end of the hundred-year dominance of Kant’s philosophy in Europe. But Hanna shows that the analytic tradition also emerged from Kant’s philosophy in the sense that its members were able to define and legitimate their ideas only by means of an intensive, extended engagement with, and a partial or complete rejection of, the Critical Philosophy. Hanna’s book therefore comprises both an interpretative study
  9. Let me join to this topic, some fine thoughts from Leonard Peikoff concerning Descartes' method in fundamental philosophy: first six minutes here.
  10. Sebastien, as you know, Rand distinguishes in “What Is Capitalism?” (1965) three contrasting views on what is the nature of value: Value is intrinsic in external things by themselves. Value is subjective, meaning only in the mind. Value is objective, meaning it is a relation between external things and a mind directing a life. In her “Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology” (1969–70), Rand distinguishes three contrasting views on what is the nature of concepts: Concepts are perceptions of universals lying in external things intrinsically, lying in things inde
  11. Delighted to hear of your interest, Sebastien. Would surely like to see what you have to say on the Phenomenology.
  12. This is a sidebar, but I'd like to share this fascinating historical resource: Interviews of American Slaves These are interviews, in 1936-38, of formerly enslaved persons. These are elderly people who had been old enough at the time of emancipation to have memories of life under slavery and how things went with freedom. The experiences and the attitudes vary greatly. The transcripts of these interviews often try to capture the exact vocabulary and dialect of the persons interviewed. Some samples: Lizzie McCloud -- Arkansas Louisa Adams -- North Carolina Prince Bee --
  13. Standing on Love
  14. This rail calamity in Canada in 2013 made me remember right off the sequence of employee specifics leading to the fictional crash Rand had crafted.
  15. Will Putin Save Lukashendo? State Suppression of Press Coverage of the Protests
  16. Gravitational Wave Signal 190521 => A Binary Black Hole Merger with a Total Mass of 150 Solar R. Abbott et al. (Phy. Rev. Ltrs. 9/2/20)
  17. “As a child, I saw a glimpse of the pre-World War I world, the last afterglow of the most radiant cultural atmosphere in human history (achieved not by Russian, but by Western culture). So powerful a fire does not die at once: even under the Soviet regime, in my college years, such works as Hugo’s Ruy Blas and Schiller’s Don Carlos were included in theatrical repertories, not as historical revivals, but as part of the contemporary esthetic scene. . . . “[That period’s] art projected an overwhelming sense of intellectual freedom, of depth, i.e., concern with fundamental problems, of demand
  18. I understand that those are the things such relations are customarily called, Merlin. And thanks for getting that into considerations.But every single right of the participants in that association is a set of particular controls over property, whatever they may be customarily called. There are no property ownerships in the association you describe that are not private property ownerships. All of that is occurring within the wider setting of private property. Insofar as the government is regulating a firm--say the EPA being the ultimate control on the maximum release of chromium into water
  19. Melin, I don't think that ownership rights come to anything but control rights. And I take ownership to mean having some bundle of ownership rights. That is, ownership is rights-relations between persons, rights of exclusion, rights against interference with what to cultivate on the land, and so forth. The distinction of public control (or regulation) as against public ownership would seem useful in labeling a common proportion of control rights in different items: the land that is Yosemite National Park would likely be put under public-ownership talk, and what I'm not allowed to chuck into th
  20. What and When is Capitalism? William Thackary was evidently the first to use the word capitalism in print. That was in his 1854 novel The Newcomes. Its essential mark was ownership of capital. So if one knew what is capital, one should have a definition of capitalism. By that simple definition, I’d say capitalism goes back at least to the periods of the various archaic states, that is, back at least to the social organization coming after hunter-gatherer groups, after tribes and chiefdoms. Capital Rand took the essential mark of capitalism to be purely private ownership of prope
  21. Mother made lye soap in a very large cast iron pot over a fire in the back yard (we had firewood we had cut from the grandparents' land in the country, in OK---I still cut our own firewood, here, from our acreage in VA, but do not make soap). That was in the late '50's and early '60's. When it was solid, we cut it into bars. When Mother did wash, she would take a bar and shave off a bunch with a knife and melt it in a small saucepan on the stove (we had electricity). This was to pour on the collar of our father's white shirts going into the wash. He was a civilian employee at the Air Force bas
  22. Birds of a feather: Here is another Roman Catholic, the Pope before the present one, sporting green (THAT SHADE!) in MY cathedral St. Stephen's a few years back. You can bet he was not invited back! (Whenever you are in Vienna, be sure to stop by for a visit. There is a donation box not far inside from the front door. Gold coin, the Austrian 100 Corona, is customary. My blessing to you in advance.)
  23. (An interesting contrasting view here. If one is able to access the article through the link, it has many embedded links to back up assertions. Where I have ellipses, the material is important and extensive; I simply did not want take all the text, rather than stimulate hitting the link to the source.) FOR CONSERVATIVES TO HAVE ANY HOPE TRUMP HAS TO LOSE Peter Wehner - 24 August 2020
  • Create New...