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Would this morality be truly objective?

I'll be working on the assumption that the general scientific consensus is correct and that the evidence does, indeed, point inescapably towards the fact that we are primates with a well-developed ...
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Why are Objectivists against Socialism?

From what I understand, Objectivism advocates rational selfishness - to put yourself before the masses, unless you don't want to - essentially to do what you want instead of blind altruism. In the ...
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What are major examples non-philosophers (common man) do not consider or care to spend time on?

Something about morality for a start (since there is not morality without philosophy)? Dewey on Experience? Is this too close to, "What is the point of learning and doing philosophy?"
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Do IQ tests measure intelligence?

Okay, I am kind of skeptical about IQ tests. I think they only measures the speed of a person's reasoning abilities as well as a small portion of knowledge (or just knowledge). I kind of think that ...
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Can philosophy overcome the observer paradox?

The proper study of mankind is man. How, then, can philosophers be objective? This is a question I ask myself every time I think of philosophical questions. We have no choice but to view the world ...
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Is it fair to characterise Ayn Rands philosophy 'Objectivism' as a blending of Nietzsche's Übermensch and American individualism?

I said this to a friend once, but told her to keep it quiet as I couldn't back it up as I haven't read any of her works, nor even a solid introduction. I formed my snap judgement on the basis of a ...
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Is Ayn Rand's Objectivism practical at all?

I just read Atlas Shrugged and was wondering if the kind of moral objectivism suggested in there is even practical in real life. For example, I have an IT assignment to do for high school, and we ...
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Ayn Rand The Fountainhead clarification [closed]

From the book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand "If... if you can see what you're talking about, you can't be what you are." "No, my dear. I must be what I am, precisely because of what I see." ...
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What are some critical arguments against Objectivism?

I have read Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and also working through Atlas Shrugged. What are some philosophical arguments against Objectivism? NOTE: I am NOT a philosopher.
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Why is Ayn Rand's Objectivism philosophy dismissed by academics?

This is a question in response to this other one that I asked. I didn't really get a satisfactory answer, mostly because it seems like Rand's work is largely ignored by academics. The highest voted ...
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What philosophers have built on Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Ayn Rand's Objectivism philosophy has always intrigued me. And it seems to still have a lot of influence over certain politicians and thought leaders. Have any philosophers taken up the mantle where ...
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What's the difference between Randian philosophy and Objectivism?

I recently encountered a debate about whether Objectivism was the same as the philosophies of Ayn Rand. Wikipedia tells me they're synonyms. Is there another definition of "objectivism"? Has ...