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Sunday
August 8, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand's Value Theory
by Edward W. Younkins
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To be a value means to be good for someone and for something. Life is oneís fundamental value because life is conditional and requires a particular course of action to maintain it. Something can be good or bad only to a living organism, such as a human being, acting to survive. Manís life is the ultimate value and the standard of value for a human being. (Read more...)
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Thursday
August 5, 2004
Objectivism
Of Brains, Vats and Stolen Concepts
by Cameron Pritchard
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The whole brain in the vat argument is based on fallacious reasoning that refutes itself. With good philosophical tools in our hands, life is made so much easier. So long as we know how to use these tools, there are so many arguments we barely even have to refute because they do the job for us themselves. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 4, 2004
Objectivism
Where TOC Shines
by Adam Reed
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TOC's presentation of what it purports to present as "Objectivism" to the general public is abysmal. On the other hand, TOC's Advanced Seminar, and Will Thomas' presentations of his original work at the regular TOC Summer Seminar, are a fabulously productive venue for fruitful technical exploration of new and forgotten aspects of Objectivism. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 22, 2004
Objectivism
Rand and Hume: An Analysis
by Daniel M. Ryan
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The same test to spot a false dichotomy that Leonard Peikoff used on Immanuel Kantís analytic-synthetic dichotomy is used in this paper to evaluate David Humeís division of knowledge into Relations of Ideas and Matters of Fact. This test reveals a certain truth to Humeís dichotomy, but also reveals Humeís epistemological system to be a kind of humanist empiricism. Reconstruction of Humeís four principles of association of ideas shows that Rand and Hume have more in common than previously suspected (Read more...)
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Monday
July 12, 2004
Objectivism
TOC, SOLO ... and KASS
by Lindsay Perigo
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The future of western civilisation rests with Objectivism. The future of Objectivism rests with us, the non-religious bearers of the torch. "TOC, SOLO ... and KASS" is not just a cute title. It bespeaks *our* rendezvous with history. (Read more...)
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Saturday
July 10, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand and Evolution
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand discusses evolution a few times, but never mentioned Charles Darwin. Two major summaries of Randís thought, The Ayn Rand Lexicon and Leonard Peikoffís Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, are silent. This essay will review some of Randís references to evolution and suggest reasons for Randís apparent hesitancy. (Read more...)
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Saturday
June 12, 2004
Objectivism
Fraud
by Joseph Rowlands
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Fraud does not involve putting a gun to someone's head and demanding money.  It's a soft, quiet form of theft. (Read more...)
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Friday
June 4, 2004
Objectivism
Complicated Concepts
by Joseph Rowlands
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What concepts should be formed in the first place?† There are an infinite number of potential concepts we could choose to create and retain, so we have to have a way of selecting.† What kind of criteria do we use?† How do we filter out bad candidates?† Or do we need to at all? (Read more...)
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Monday
May 31, 2004
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Of Fundamentals & Fidelity, Revisited
by Lindsay Perigo
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SOLO does not seek to "rewrite Objectivism." It does seek to change the culture of Objectivism that the ARI has imposed for too long now. Nietzsche said that one must forgive a philosopher his [her] first generation of disciples. It's hard to forgive the ARI for its bullying, its intimidation, its malevolence, its dishonesty, its blackballing of Titans like Sciabarra & Machan & Kelley & Walsh & Reisman, its cultivation of subservience & mediocrity ... (Read more...)
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Friday
May 28, 2004
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
In Praise of Hijacking
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Chris Matthew Sciabarra reviews The Hijacking of a Philosophy: Homosexuals vs. Ayn Randís Objectivism by Reginald Firehammer, a book that constitutes a reply to Sciabarra's own SOLO monograph, Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation. (Read more...)
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Monday
May 24, 2004
Objectivism
667; or, How Objectivists Are Not Materialists
by Rodney Rawlings
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Some thinkers have charged that Objectivism is a materialist philosophy in spite of itself, since it sees the world exclusively in terms of reason. In a thread titled ďThe Number of the Beast,Ē the poster ďCitizen RatĒ put forth an articulate version of this viewpoint. He also suggested that to escape such a soulless, deterministic worldview Objectivists should leave open the possibility of Godís existence and recognize that toleration of religious principles can be expedient in moving us all closer to a capitalistic society. The present essay addresses the charge of materialism with a special focus on various aspects of Citizen Ratís argument. (Read more...)
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Friday
May 21, 2004
Objectivism
Honesty and the Arbitrary
by Joseph Rowlands
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The more lies you try to maintain, the bigger the mental burden is. You'd eventually get crushed by the weight of the lies. It's not surprising that when the truth comes out, often the liar is relieved. He no longer has to live in a state of constant anxiety, spending every ounce of energy he's got on keeping his lies straight. (Read more...)
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Friday
May 7, 2004
Objectivism
Value Judgments vs. Emotions
by Joseph Rowlands
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Objectivist epistemology rejects emotions as a form of cognition.† In other words, you may feel something, but that doesnít provide you with any knowledge except that you feel it. (Read more...)
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Sunday
April 25, 2004
Objectivism
Aristotle: Ayn Rand's Acknowledged Teacher
by Edward W. Younkins
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Aristotle heralds the role of reason in a proper human life. He examines the nature of man and his functions and sees that man survives through purposeful conduct which results from the active exercise of his capacity for rational thought. The ability to reason separates man from all other living organisms and supplies him with his unique means of survival and flourishing. It is through purposive, rational conduct that a person can achieve happiness. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 23, 2004
Objectivism
A Fortress Against Objectivism
by Adam Reed
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Donway's article is an attempt to disinterr and resurrect the zombie of an old dichotomy between "bourgeois individualism" and "romantic individualism". This is the same dichotomy that Rand killed and buried by presenting a new, integrated, coherent vision of individualism in "The Fountainhead." (Read more...)
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Saturday
April 3, 2004
Objectivism
An Objectivist Statement of Resolves
by G. Stolyarov II
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A formal explication of all the ideas held in common by Objectivists, and an endeavor to focus attention on these principles for the sake of their cultural propagation. (Read more...)
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Friday
April 2, 2004
Objectivism
Human Needs
by Joseph Rowlands
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If you ask people what they need to live, they might say something like "Well, we only need food and water".  (Read more...)
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Friday
March 5, 2004
Objectivism
Borderlines
by Joseph Rowlands
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One of the topics in Objectivist epistemology is the method of concept-formation. It discusses how it is we can take different entities in reality, and create a useful mental abstraction. How do we go from individual trees to the concept 'tree'? How do we go from instances of the color blue, to the concept 'blue'? ... (Read more...)
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Friday
February 20, 2004
Objectivism
Not Enough Justice?
by Joseph Rowlands
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A common type of question Objectivists get involves some horrific action a person can take that is technically not a violation of anyone's rights. This may include the torture of animals, a guy is emotionally abusive to his girlfriend, parents who refuse to educate their children, or a wife who insists on cooking vegetarian dishes. All of them travesties of justice, and yet the law is not allowed to remedy them. (Read more...)
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Friday
February 6, 2004
Objectivism
Objectivity and Art
by Joseph Rowlands
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One of the central principles of Objectivism, as well as one of the more powerful tools, is the concept of objectivity. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 29, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 4 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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"RELIGION AND ITS ROLE IN HISTORY" continued, "CONCLUSION", and "REFERENCES". (Read more...)
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Monday
December 22, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 3 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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"RELIGION AND ITS ROLE IN HISTORY" and the first part of "WHAT IS WRONG WITH RELIGION?" (Read more...)
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Monday
December 15, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 2 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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The rest of the "ATHEISM, RELIGION, AND MYSTICISM" section. (Read more...)
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Thursday
December 11, 2003
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
The Ethics - Politics Connection
by Joseph Rowlands
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Objectivists hold that politics is grounded in ethics. Even in non-Objectivist thought, every political theory is based on some ethical premises. The welfare state is dependent on egalitarianism and the static view of life. Communism is dependent on altruism, collectivism, and materialism. And of course, Objectivist politics is grounded in Objectivist ethics. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 8, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 1 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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A 4-part paper that discusses Ayn Rand's view of religion. (Read more...)
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