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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

    Math and reality

    By merjet,
    I made the following comment on the Charles Tew thread: “In another video he talks about mathematics. I don't remember which one. He prefaced his remarks with his not being a mathematician, but what he said about math did not sit well with me. As I recall, he said mathematics is about reality. Yes and no. It is also about our concepts. Show me a matrix, differential equation, integral or complex number in reality that wasn't written by some human being, then I will reconsider.” Link.

    Rand on Discernment of 'That' and 'What'

    By Boydstun,
    Rand on Discernment of That and What Nathaniel Branden: “Percepts constitute the actual starting-point of human knowledge, in the sense that percepts are man’s first fully aware cognitive contact with the world” (c.1968, 38).  The term percept is from Peirce and his contemporaries (see Moore 1961, cited in Rand 1966–67, 2; further, Wilson 2016, 190–95, 204–5). Rand had written in the 1957 exposition of her philosophy: “The task of [man’s] senses is to give him the evidence of existence

    Reblogged:Government, 'Small' vs. 'Proper'

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Every once in a while, I'll see an article that sings the praises of the policies of one state or another as setting an example for the rest of the nation to follow. Usually, it's some new welfare-state program or anticapitalist, anti-energy "green" initiative the leftist press would love to ram down everyone else's throats. But this time, we have a whole list from a more or less conservative outlet, Newsweek, which ticks off "The Top 10 Florida Policies Other States Should Emulate." And no, de

    About the Russian aggression of Ukraine

    By AlexL,
    An analysis of John Mearsheimer's position, which is: "it is not Putin but the West, especially the U.S., that’s principally responsible for this disaster. The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault.” The analysis continues:   Read here the full analysis.

    Reblogged:Will MAGA Sink DeSantis?

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Ron DeSantis, the man who would be "Trump Without the Baggage," faces a dilemma if Donald Trump is indicted in the hush money investigation going on in New York:The article cites various Trumpist figures who make similar pronouncements, culminating in the following:Worse than Pence?! Among other things, apparently including electoral officials who do their jobs even under pressure, Trump's base fails to appreciate that Trump's electoral appeal is ... quite limited ... among other voters. That

    Freedom Versus 'Freedom'

    By KyaryPamyu,
    Objectivism upholds the 'if/then' model of morality ('if you want X, do Y'). At first glance, this is completely incompatible with the Categorical Imperative, which simply demands you to 'do it', no matter the context or situation. However, in philosophical discussion, the restrictive CI is always connected to concepts such as freedom, autonomy and human dignity, so what gives? Since human freedom is a hot topic for Objectivism as well, perhaps we can extract some nuggets of truth from the CI's

    Romantic Love vs. Selfless Love

    By monart,
    Romantic Love vs Selfless Love   [In tribute to Ayn Rand and her 4R's: Reality, Reason, Rights, Romance] ----- “To say ‘I love you’, one must know first how to say the ‘I.’” -Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead.   Romantic love is self-worthy love. Selfless love is (self)worth-less love. To love with romance is to regard someone as a value and a pleasure, worthy of having in and for one’s life. Romantic love is worthy love. In contrast, to love someone without regard to t

    Reason and Value by Roderick Long

    William O
    By William O,
    This is an essay by Roderick Long, a distinguished Aristotle scholar, that compares Rand with Hume, Plato, and Aristotle.   http://www.atlassociety.org/sites/default/files/Reason_Value.pdf   I have read the first four sections, and I thought the discussions of Hume and Plato were insightful. However, Long goes off the rails after that.   First of all, he advocates coherentism. Now, coherentism can be done well, i.e., in a relatively benign form like Brand Blanshard's coherentism, where the

    Reblogged:Friday Hodgepodge

    Gus Van Horn blog
    By Gus Van Horn blog,
    Blog Roundup 1. At Value for Value is a very interesting discussion of monopolies by Harry Binswanger in which he covers a few things missing from an article on the subject at the Foundation for Economic Education. For example:This entertaining post is good as both a primer and a review. 2. At the blog of the Texas Institute for Property Rights, Brian Phillips credits the mayor of Boston, who is pushing rent control, with getting something right: The fact that "the status quo is not workin

    Ayn Rand's Autograph

    By OismForever,
    I am considering bidding on this item. Is anyone here an expert on her signature that can verify this item's authenticity? Ebay Item

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