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Tuesday
December 2, 2003
Objectivism
The Professionalization of Ayn Rand Scholarship
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Having recently celebrated the completion of four years of publication for The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (see my Free Radical article on the subject), I was asked on a discussion group about the presence of Ayn Rand in other professional, scholarly journals. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 25, 2003
Objectivism
Unrugged Individualism Reviewed
by Joseph Rowlands
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David Kelley wrote Unrugged Individualism to be "the first comprehensive Objectivist analysis of benevolence". In this short monograph (59 pages), he makes an excellent start. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 28, 2003
Objectivism
Fundamental Premises
by Joseph Rowlands
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A question that often comes up is what the difference between philosophy and science is. (Read more...)
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Thursday
August 7, 2003
Objectivism
Getting Rights Right
by Russell Madden
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Over the past century, the concept of "rights" has gradually been so distorted and twisted that its bloated and grotesque face is now barely recognizable. (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 31, 2003
Objectivism
Values and Virtues: Von Mises and Rand
by Russell Madden
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While subjective wishes may be important in understanding human motivation, any such desires that undermine life should be understood and labeled for what they are: destruction. (Read more...)
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Friday
July 18, 2003
Objectivism
A Critique of Murray Rothbard's "Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult" (Part 3 of 3)
by G. Stolyarov II
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"The 'Gold' of Rothbard's Analysis", "Randian Authoritarianism?", and "In Summation". (Read more...)
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Thursday
July 17, 2003
Objectivism
A Critique of Murray Rothbard's "Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult" (Part 2 of 3)
by G. Stolyarov II
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"What is Humor and What is Sacrilage" and "Revisionism and the Hatred of the Good". (Read more...)
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Wednesday
July 16, 2003
Objectivism
A Critique of Murray Rothbard's "Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult" (Part 1 of 3)
by G. Stolyarov II
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Introduction and "The Reason-Passion Dichotomy" (Read more...)
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Tuesday
July 8, 2003
Objectivism
Rational Individualism
by Joseph Rowlands
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In Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, Howard Roark was a man who didn't care what other people thought. Well, actually he did in some ways. He cared about his friends, and he was concerned about why some people were secondhanders. But the fact that people thought things didn't matter to him in the sense that it wasn't a reason to believe or disbelieve that thing. An idea was either true or false, and he used his own mind to determine that. (Read more...)
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Friday
June 13, 2003
Objectivism
An Objectivist Condemnation of Abortion
by G. Stolyarov II
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A dissenting opinion on abortion, in which the author argues the incompatibility of Rand's stance on abortion with the fundamentals of her philosophy. (Read more...)
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Friday
May 16, 2003
Objectivism
Understanding the Global Crisis: Reclaiming Randís Radical Legacy
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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"The tree of liberty," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." And so, when I saw those startling images of a liberated Iraq-those first photos of fellow New Yorker, Major David "Bull" Guerfin of the U.S. Marines, ripping down the poster of Saddam Hussein in Safwan or that riveting footage of fellow Brooklynite, Marine Cpl. Edward Chin, helping jubilant Iraqis in Baghdad's Firdos Square to topple Hussein's 20-foot statue-it seemed to me that Jefferson's remark was as true as ever. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
March 26, 2003
Objectivism
Foreign Policy
by Joseph Rowlands
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A rational foreign policy must ultimately be based on an individualist ethics. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
February 11, 2003
Objectivism
The Scope of Moral Failure
by Barry Kayton
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Is it wrong to regard the moral failures or suffering of others with indifference? (Read more...)
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Thursday
January 16, 2003
Objectivism
Objectivism and Zen
by Paul Hibbert
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Until several months ago when I read the speech, 'John Galt Recants', by David Stewart I thought I was the only person on the planet who believed that Objectivism and Zen weren't mutually exclusionary. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 30, 2002
Objectivism
Repeating Peter Keating
by Eric Rockwell
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I ran into none other than Peter Keating today. First I passed him walking south on Ninth Avenue, schmoozing someone on his cell phone. Then I noticed him sitting in a Chinese restaurant, using chopsticks rather than silverware so as to better assimilate to the restaurant's culture. When I arrived at work, the elevator doors opened to reveal eleven Peter Keatings, all of whom flashed a smile at me in the event that I was someone who might better their status. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
December 24, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Of Fundamentals and Fidelity - The Sequel
by Lindsay Perigo
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I decided instead briefly to state or restate my own position on a few matters germane to this discussion. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 13, 2002
Objectivism
The Self-Centered Monster
by Andre Zantonavitch
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For the past 150 years or so Western Civilization has been divided up into two, and only two, overwhelmingly familiar ideological groups: right and left. The right or "conservative" group tends to favor religion -- or at least "Christian democracy" -- in its political, philosophical, and cultural views. The left or "progressive" group tends to favor socialism -- or at least "social democracy" -- in its political, philosophical, and cultural views. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
December 3, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Of Fundamentals and Fidelity
by Lindsay Perigo
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Perigo explores the issue of open and closed philosophical systems. Found out what Objectivism really is. (Read more...)
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Monday
November 25, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Human nature--who needs it?
by Cameron Pritchard
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What is human nature, anyway? Does the concept of human nature have any validity? (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 12, 2002
Objectivism
SOLO -- Where We Are and Where We're Going
by Joseph Rowlands
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What is SOLO? Joe Rowlands tells you in this recent speech... (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 22, 2002
Objectivism
Partisanship vs. Objectivity in Ayn Rand Scholarship
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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Imagine, for a moment, if we boycotted all those books written by people with whom we'd not "knowingly" associate, whether or not we have actually read the books or have met the people. What a victory for human knowledge! (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 8, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Objectivism and Homosexuality 5: Ayn Rand and Beyond
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
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The conclusion of the series. (Read more...)
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Monday
October 7, 2002
Objectivism
Is Reality a Simulation Game?
by Francois Tremblay
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Religious mystics propose that it is the supernatural that is the true reality; meditators propose the absence of thought as a profoundly significant state of being; Idealist philosophers propose a "realm of ideas" which is the true reality; promoters of Near-Death Experiences propose that the NDE is the highter reality... (Read more...)
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Friday
September 27, 2002
Objectivism
Axioms Revisited
by Joseph Rowlands
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Objectivism is not purely deductive. You can't prove that we have rights by starting with "existence exists" and performing deductive steps from there.... (Read more...)
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Friday
September 20, 2002
Objectivism
The Relative Nature of Doubt
by Francois Tremblay
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The mere act of doubting is seen as a good thing for many people with a deconstructivist agenda. But like any other method, doubt can be used in a good or bad way. (Read more...)
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