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    Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy

    In the universe, what you see is what you get,

    figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,

    and each person's independence is respected by all

  • Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words

    • "Metaphysics: Objective Reality"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
    • "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
    • "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
    • "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
  • Objectivism Online Chat

    What is the "self"? What is "consciousness"?

    By SelfishRandroid,
    Rand defines the self as follows: "A man’s self is his mind—the faculty that perceives reality, forms judgments, chooses values." In Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, she elaborates: "Consciousness is not a primary object, it is not an independent existent, it is an attribute of a certain kind of existents." And: "The notion of 'self' is an axiomatic concept; it's implicit in the concept of 'consciousness'; it can't be separated from it." I'm trying to clarify the relationship

    How would an Objectivist Based Government have Dealt with Covid-19

    Easy Truth
    By Easy Truth,
    The dust has not settled so options seem  muddied at this point. The 6 Trillion dollar government plan and spending is being implemented. Most likely more will be spent. But the arguments for and against the intervention usually turn out to be utilitarian, based on body count, or money lost. The question of affordability is up in the air. Rarely is the issue of "respect for individual rights" come up. Even amongst Objectivists, for instance Onkar Gate and Salmieri seemed to disagr

    Objectivism, as such, is not activism, nor should it be

    By StrictlyLogical,
    Of course some Objectivists, choose to be activists for the philosophy, but that in no way means the philosophy itself IS activist, and people interested in the philosophy should not think that it is.   In considering Objectivism as a whole, I am confronted with distractions... not in the form of ideas, but in the form of personalities, of movements, of factions... and yes, a little bit of activism.  Rather than looking outward and inward to my center.. I find myself sliding my eyes si

    Reblogged:History, and Unit- (AND Time- !) Economy

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Those who study the works of Ayn Rand will sooner or later become familiar with the idea of unit-economy, that is, of concepts enabling man's mind to increase its awareness of the world far beyond what it would be able to juggle at the perceptual level. Regarding the latter, Rand spoke of the "crow epistemology," a limitation in our ability to function at the perceptual level. Her student, Leonard Peikoff, puts it this way: The above is easy enough to grasp with low-level concepts, such as tab

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