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Tuesday
January 4, 2005
Objectivism
A Randian Definition of the Common Good
by Edward W. Younkins
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Whatever is alleged to be the common good must be good and must be universal. The common good must be that which is good for every human being. Liberty fulfills this requirement, because protected self-directedness is good for every person. The common good rests not in what men do when they are free, but rather in the fact that they are free. The common good consists in treating each person as an end and never solely as a means to an end. This simply means respecting the personal autonomy of each individual. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 27, 2004
Objectivism
SOLO In Review, Part 3: Pyramid Of Activism
by Joseph Rowlands
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"We seek nothing less than to change the world."  - SOLO Credo (Read more...)
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Saturday
December 25, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand Among The Religious
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand has been the target of several critiques by religious writers.  This article surveys some of the better known ones. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 24, 2004
Objectivism
A Reply to Manfred F. Schieder
by Fred Seddon
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My work on Kant is not an attack on Objectivism qua philosophy. Everything I say could be true or not without in the least impacting the philosophy. It has to do with Kantian scholarship, not with Rand’s philosophy, which I accept. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 20, 2004
Objectivism
Kant And The New Tactics To Destroy Objectivism
by Manfred F. Schieder
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Under the pretense of “bettering and correcting"(!) Objectivism, a new breed of attacks against it has been launched by academics, commentators and sundry intellectuals. Some do it aiming at accommodating Objectivism to Kant and all of them, whether declared or implicitly, follow the Kantian guide of destructiveness. By doing so they unwittingly confirm that Ayn Rand perfectly recognized Kant as the paramount of nowaday's evilness, following the path whose philosophical originator was Plato.
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Sunday
December 12, 2004
Objectivism
Principles Of An Objectivist Forum
by Joseph Rowlands
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The benefits of moderation quickly became clear.  A group of fascists decided to try to impress us with their intellectual abilities by shouting obscenities and death threats.  Foreshadowing a theme made by most of the later insane people, they tried to win arguments by posting as often as they could.  That's easy to do when you're not stymied by trying to be intelligent or holding down a job. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 10, 2004
Objectivism
SOLO In Review, Part 1: In The Beginning
by Joseph Rowlands
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What is it that we hope to accomplish?  How successful have we been?  What lessons have we learned along the way?  And where do we see it all going? (Read more...)
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Friday
December 3, 2004
Objectivism
Transitioning to Self-Interest
by Joseph Rowlands
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A worldview is not like a political party, where you can just join another by signing a piece of paper.  It is fundamentally the way you view the world and how your life fits in it, and that's not something that changes overnight.  In this article, I just want to touch on some of the issues that can be problems for people who are trying to adopt the Objectivist morality. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 30, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand's Metaphysics and Epistemology
by Edward W. Younkins
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When a correct cognitive process has been followed it can be said that the output of that process is objective. In turn, when the mind conforms to mind-independent reality, the theory of conceptual functioning being followed can be termed objective. The term objective thus applies to both method and to content. (Read more...)
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Monday
November 29, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand and Apriorism
by Neil Parille
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[Editor's note: it was a marginal decision whether to post this as an article or as a contribution to the Dissent board. In the end I opted for the former, even though the second sentence below could scarcely be more wrong. I suggest readers take the article as a totality & "chew" it in the scholarly spirit in which it is offered. Linz]

Ayn Rand sought to preserve the best elements of empiricism and rationalism.  Nonetheless, her commitment to empiricism and rejection of a priori insight make it difficult to justify any knowledge at all.  A reflectionist view of the apriori is compatible with her metaphysics and should be considered. (Read more...)

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Thursday
November 11, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand's Ethics
by Edward W. Younkins
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Ethics, a code of values to rationally guide man’s choices and actions, is an objective, metaphysical necessity for a man’s survival. (Read more...)
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Monday
November 8, 2004
Objectivism
Kant the All-Destroyer
by Fred Seddon
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If you don’t have the data, you shouldn’t make claims.  
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Friday
October 1, 2004
Objectivism
Miller on Kant
by Fred Seddon
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In this article, I respond to Fred Miller's reply to George Walsh's famous paper on Kant. (Read more...)
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Monday
September 27, 2004
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
(Im)Pertinent Post-Script!
by Lindsay Perigo
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The imminent arrival of The Free Radical 64 has prompted its editor to reflect, in his usual helpful way, on the manner in which an allied publication could be - and desperately needs to be - improved, by the injection of KASS. See the Post-Script to the following related, context-providing review from The Free Radical, April, 2002. (Read more...)
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Thursday
September 16, 2004
Objectivism
Uncle Kant: Enlightenment Hero and Proto-Objectivist
by Fred Seddon
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Fred Seddon's reply to Peter Cresswell's "Kant Couldn't," SOLOHQ, September 9. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 15, 2004
Objectivism
A Common Thread: Anti-Egalitarianism in Objectivism, Conservatism, and Libertarianism
by Neil Parille
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There is a common thread of anti-egalitarianism in Objectivism, Conservatism, and Libertarianism.  This is illustrated by an examination of certain writings of Russell Kirk, Ayn Rand, and Murray Rothbard.  (Read more...)
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Sunday
September 12, 2004
Objectivism
Homo Hijackers? (2): Sciabarra's Rejoinder to Firehammer
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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The debate over Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and homosexuality continues in Sciabarra's rejoinder to Firehammer's reply. (Read more...)
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Sunday
September 12, 2004
Objectivism
Response to Regi Firehammer's Response to Chris Sciabarra's "In Praise of Hijacking"
by Barbara Branden
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Regi, I hardly know where to start to specify my disagreements with you. To go into detail about all of them is impossible here, but I'll indicate a few. (Read more...)
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Sunday
September 12, 2004
Objectivism
Final Reply To A Wannabe Freedom-Denier
by Manfred F. Schieder
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"I am sick of having to deal with powermongers and supporters of present or future dictators of all kind who want to impose their views against personal liberty and personal choice. I am sick of force and violence. I am sick of those who either will not or cannot think rationally. Hence, this is the last communication exchange with you. A reply from your side will not merit any reply." (Read more...)
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Saturday
September 11, 2004
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Homo Hijackers? (1): Response to Chris Sciabarra's "In Praise of Hijacking"
by Reginald Firehammer
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A response to Chris Matthew Sciabarra's essay "In Praise of Hijacking," his recent well-crafted criticism of my book, The Hijacking of a Philosophy: Homosexuals vs. Ayn Rand's Objectivism.

Note: Dr. Sciabarra's reply will be posted tomorrow. (Read more...)

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Friday
September 3, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand: Optimist or Pessimist?
by Neil Parille
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Although Ayn Rand has an optimistic view of man and human reason, there are pessimistic elements to her thought as well. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
September 1, 2004
Objectivism
Objectivists, Libertarians, and the Political Right
by Matthew Humphreys
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A few thoughts on why many Objectivists seem to favour the Right much more than the Left, and why in general that is probably ok. (Read more...)
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Monday
August 23, 2004
Objectivism
Objectivism - A Thumbnail Sketch
by Lindsay Perigo
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Ayn Rand herself, relative to other philosophers, didn't write "volumes." In terms of quality & import, however, she out-wrote most of them combined & multiplied. Some philosophers (not many) had argued discretely for one or more of the above; she integrated ALL of it & brought esthetics into the mix as well. (Read more...)
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Saturday
August 21, 2004
Objectivism
Objectivism and the Nature of Living Organisms
by Luke Setzer
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This article stands alone and also lays the foundation for a forthcoming series of articles explaining how to experience Objectivism through the tools of the popular Franklin Covey training company. (Read more...)
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Sunday
August 15, 2004
Objectivism
Food for Thought: The Connection between Objectivist Ethics and Diet
by Jana Beck
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Is the choice between eating a Twinkie or an apple an ethical one?  About six months ago I had an experience that helped me answer this question. (Read more...)
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