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Thursday
April 21, 2005
Objectivism
Long on Plato - VI
by Fred Seddon
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CRATYLUS Plato: Certainly. To see what is wrong with Long’s use of my Cratylus, one has only to restore the context from with the quotation was, may I say, ripped. Seddon: Proceed. P: Before I do, let me remind you what Long is trying to prove by quoting the dialogue. S: And that is?... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 20, 2005
Objectivism
An Answer to Robert Bidinotto on Moral Perfection
by Tom Rowland
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Your anger betrays you, Robert.  Because you are hurling all the epitaphs you claim are being hurled, at the people you claim are guilty (!) of hurling epitaphs.  It’s a hurling contest (hearty laugh track).  And you know what is messing up the floor.  (Read more...)
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Saturday
April 16, 2005
Objectivism
Long on Plato - V
by Fred Seddon
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CRATYLUS Plato: Certainly. To see what is wrong with Long’s use of my Cratylus, one has only to restore the context from with the quotation was, may I say, ripped. Seddon: Proceed. P: Before I do, let me remind you what Long is trying to prove by quoting the dialogue. S: And that is?... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 13, 2005
Objectivism
Getting Rights Right
by Robert James Bidinotto
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[Editor's note—I have long held that there is confusion in Rand's writings as to whether "rights" are metaphysical properties of human beings or ethical concepts. It is true that by the time she got round to addressing the question specifically in Galt's Speech she defined them as concepts, yet elsewhere she appeared to be positing rights as ready-made "things" one is born with in the same way one is born with two thumbs & eight fingers. In this post on the SOLOHQ thread, Who's Better Off?, Robert Bidinotto both clears the confusion up & demonstrates its consequences. — Linz]

Should the concept of "rights" be interpreted within a moral context of rational self-interest? Or is it a kind of Kantian "categorical imperative"—a metaphysical commandment that shouts "thou shalt not impose force," without regard to any considerations of rational self-interest? (Read more...)

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Monday
April 11, 2005
Objectivism
Long on Plato - IV
by Fred Seddon
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REPUBLIC Seddon: Why don’t we turn now to the Republic. Long quotes it five times. Plato: And in doing so confuses two different methods. On p. 10 he tells us, “The Socratic Method--also called ‘dialectic’--proceeds by question and answer:” Then on p. 11, in the first half of a quilt quotation he writ... (Read more...)
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Saturday
April 9, 2005
Objectivism
Selling Freedom: The Choice of a New Generation?
by Joseph C. Maurone
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Christianity didn't get its current status by divine will, but by salesmanship. By following the lead of top Rand salesman Chris Sciabarra, Objectivism and freedom have a chance of becoming the all-time best-seller among ideologies. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
April 6, 2005
Objectivism
Hold Your Horses!
by Casey Fahy
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This book should be read before it is judged—as should Rand's own words on this matter. They speak for themselves. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 1, 2005
Objectivism
Seddon's Salvos: Long on Plato - Part III
by Fred Seddon
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Seddon: I love the Symposium, it’s my personal favorite and I love teaching it. How does Long do with this dialogue?

Plato: He doesn’t do too much with the Symposium. In fact, he quotes it right after quoting Republic 517e thinking that they make the same point, i.e., that rationality “turns out to be substantive rather than merely procedural.” (Read more...)

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Thursday
March 31, 2005
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Eddie's Enigma: Objectivism and Human Nature
by Ron Merrill
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What I have presented is a new view of human nature, and one that many of us might find depressing. It may seem like a picture of human weakness. But A is A. Human nature is what it is. Ayn Rand taught us to seek out the best within us. And it is only by understanding exactly what is within us that we can seek out the best, and remake ourselves into that image. (Read more...)
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Saturday
March 26, 2005
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Two Halves of Independence
by Joseph Rowlands
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In Objectivist discussion of independence, the focus has generally been on the virtue of thinking for yourself.  Independent judgment is viewed as the primary component of the virtue.  You need to use your own best judgment when it comes to determining your values, considering facts, or deciding how to act.  This is in... (Read more...)
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Sunday
March 20, 2005
Objectivism
ARI's Yaron Brook at GA Tech - An Incredibly Surprising Lecture
by Tom Blackstone
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As I listened to this guy answer my questions, I was shocked at how completely reasonable he seemed. He contradicted everything I had been led to believe about ARI from reading essays on their website and from seeing him on television. He wasn't some kind of cult fanatic. He was simply a reasonable person with very strong views, just like me. (Read more...)
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Saturday
March 19, 2005
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The Radicalism of Objectivism
by Ron Merrill
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The late Ron Merrill speaks about what is radical about Objectivism - and what it implies qua praxis. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
March 16, 2005
Objectivism
Long on Plato Part II
by Fred Seddon
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PHAEDO P: So let’s begin with the Phaedo. All of my works are dramatic and have their own individual dramatic setting or context, if I may use a word much favored, and with good reason, by Rand and the Objectivists. The Phaedo has a mythical setting. And the specific myth that I had in mind I tell the reader... (Read more...)
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Monday
March 14, 2005
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Double-Standards and Ayn Rand's Personal Life
by Andrew Bissell
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Critics who obsess over the details of Ayn Rand's personal life give free-passes to the offenses of other writers and thinkers. (Read more...)
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Friday
March 11, 2005
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Ayn Rand's Philosophical Style: A Brief Introduction
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand is a forceful and engaging writer who compels her readers to see the consequences of holding certain ideas.  In spite of certain weaknesses in her style, she has encouraged millions to take up the study of philosophy.  (Read more...)
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Monday
March 7, 2005
Objectivism
Going Home... A Few Thoughts on Family Values
by Michael Stuart Kelly
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Where does family fit in with Objectivism? (Read more...)
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Saturday
February 26, 2005
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Seddon's Salvos - Rand on Rawls
by Fred Seddon
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Rand is using a book she never read to predict the style and future success of a book she vows never to read. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
February 22, 2005
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Natural Functions, Natural Goals, and the Misuse of Purpose
by Adam Reed
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The human faculty of auditory pattern recognition evolved for the function of hunting. Is every man who chooses to exercise this faculty by listening to a symphony, rather than for stalking small animals in the brush, an "unnatural" pervert? I have hunted, and I have reproduced, and I have nothing against either. But listening purely for music, and sex purely for pleasure and love, is surely, for a Human animal, the most natural thing in the world. (Read more...)
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Saturday
February 12, 2005
Objectivism
Anti-Discrimination Laws Are Anti-Liberty
by Jason Dixon
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It is ironic that gay people defend their right to live their lives as they see fit with the argument that one can’t legislate morality—and then turn around and attempt to legislate morality.  (Read more...)
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Friday
February 4, 2005
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Objectivism and the Status of Children: a Tentative Suggestion
by Matthew Humphreys
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An effort to prime what I hope will be a constructive debate on an issue I believe requires much attention. (Read more...)
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Thursday
February 3, 2005
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Sex and St. Thomas
by Fred Seddon
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I can find no way of saving Thomas's argument against sodomy within the confines of natural theology. (Read more...)
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Thursday
January 27, 2005
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The Incredible Mystics Amongst Us
by Marcus Bachler
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There was recently film released called “the Incredibles” that clearly favours “mysticism of the spirit” over reason and yet has been touted by SOLOists here as celebrating “Objectivist morality”. (Read more...)
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Saturday
January 22, 2005
Objectivism
A Tool for Living: The Relevance of Ayn Rand's Ideas to Gay People
by Jason Dixon
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There is a group of people who – by and large – have an early impetus to investigate philosophical questions.  Earlier in life than others, they find the “popular” or “traditional” answers to the question of morality in particular wanting and unhelpful.  This group is gay people.  (Read more...)
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Thursday
January 13, 2005
Objectivism
In Praise of SOLO
by Jason Dixon
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I had sought out Objectivist-related websites and forums and been left for the most part unsatisfied. A new friend suggested I check out SOLO, and I did. Exploring the website and reading the Credo in particular, I felt as if I had found the place I could focus my energy and maybe even a place that could become my "home" on the web. (Read more...)
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Thursday
January 6, 2005
Objectivism
Utopianism
by Joseph Rowlands
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Any attempt at a rational improvement of the world will necessarily involve contrasting what we have with what we think is better.  If the mere act of claiming something is better is considered utopian, there's no possible way of improving.  If we're afraid of projecting ideals, we'll always be stuck where we are now.  (Read more...)
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