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Objectivism is the formal name given to the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

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Why didn't Ayn Rand go on strike?

One of the key messages of Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged is that you should go on strike and not share your achievements with the world since they will be used against you anyway. People vilify ...
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Has anyone tried the Rearden defense?

My question requires some context – please bear with me. In Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged, industrialist Hank Rearden violates the so-called 'fair share' law by doing business with another character. ...
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What is an objective property? [closed]

This question seems to be at the very hart of philosophy? How do we know that a property of an object is part of the object itself? When is the propery objective? Can the object be seen when standing ...
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Do the words "in relation to" imply relativism?

Do the words "in relation to" imply any relativism? For example: "The earth is small in relation to the Sun", or "I am good in relation to mathematics", or "He is ...
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Is absolute moral relativism impossible?

Is my rationale correct here?: If relativism is relative, relativism is a contradiction in itself, because you’re forced to believe what other people think is morally correct, is correct for them, and ...
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Would Ayn Rand's Objectivism work in a society?

For some background, I'm not a serious academic or philosopher, but I have been studying Ayn Rand, her novels, and her philosophy of Objectivism in my English Literature class. A large part of ...
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Is there something between objective truth and opinions?

Is there something between objective truth and opinions? Sometimes, there's no objective truth to a question, but is there a way to assess how valid an opinion is and is there a class of opinions that'...
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Life as the standard of value in Ayn Rand's Objectivism, and the significance of a flourishing life

If life is the standard of value in Objectivism, and Stalin experienced personal fulfillment ... then are moral judgments about Stalin's life to be -- according to Objectivist philosophy -- based upon ...
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Transcendental and non-transcendental god and objectivism

Objectivism rejects transcendence as it is not part of the objective world that exists and which we can explore. But what if we put time in this equation? As we see through the years, many phenomena ...
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What direction does Ayn Rand's Objectivism give for making a decision that would benefit me slightly while damaging another greatly?

This question along with the scenario I give below may seem judgmental, but that isn’t the intent. I’m just trying to get a better handle on Rand’s sense of ethics. I’m looking at #3 in a list found ...
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What version of Objectivism makes this claim?

I read something many years ago, most likely in print, that I've occasionally tried to find again. It purported to be the cosmology of Objectivism or some version of it. I believe the exact wording of ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

This question is not really related to objectivism, but I am somewhat intersted in "What would Ayn Rand say?", with emphasis on her defense of capitalism rather than her general philosophy. Accepting ...
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How journalism's rationale to tell facts feasible? How objectivity may be achieved if at all by journalists?

On background of some recent events - that regarding Jerusalem's status (the US step of moving their embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem) and the clash between IDF and Hamas and Palestinians in the ...
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How does Rand explain her choice of laissez-faire capitalism?

She thought that laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system capable of promoting human rights. But how did she explain that if she did at all? There are so many problems with laissez-faire ...
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If an amateur philosopher were to come up with a revolutionary logical philosophy, how could they get that accepted?

For ease of use lets use Ayn Rand for example. The way Ayn Rand went about gaining acceptance showed a perceived intentional disrespect of the Academic community. In this way her ideology was not ...
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What model of self-deception was Ayn Rand using in Atlas Shrugged?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article on self-deception describes a few common views of self-deception. Broadly, there are two major types of views: intentional approaches (which model ...
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Ayn Rand's Objectivism - Can an immoral act become moral?

In my professional ethics class the other day, the professor (about which I know next to nothing, so I don't know where he is coming from on this ) said something like "An action, such as smoking ...
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Can one find in the writings of Ayn Rand a definitive list of rights?

Is there to be found anywhere in the writings, lectures or interviews of Ayn Rand a precisely-formulated list of rights, with or without justifications or explanations? In other words, did she ever ...
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Does Quantum Physics Refute Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Rand's Objectivisms' central tenets are that reality exists independently of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective ...
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How does Quantum science and Objectivism mix? [closed]

First off please bear with me that I am entering the realm of learning about both of these topics. However from what I have gathered objectivism says that reality is the only reality and that there is ...
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Is my interpretation of Objectivism in relation to environmental preservation correct? [closed]

Objectivism states, among the ethical aspects of its philosophy, that no human has the right to physically harm another in even the tiniest portion, except as just punishment. Environmental ...
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Is Rand's Objectivism consequentialist/consequentially motivated?

Background (not looking to get into the weeds on this; just clarifying my viewpoint): It seems to me that the concept of a moral force or law is not really empirically supported. That is, statements ...
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How do the moral components of Randian Objectivism differ from Existentialism?

On Existentialism: [Kierkegaard] proposed that each individual—not society or religion—is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely ("authentically&...
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How would you explain the is-ought dichotomy to an "Objectivist"?

I've recently met someone who identifies as an "Objectivist." I'm a moral nihilist, so naturally, I asked about the is-ought problem. His response was frustrating. He claims that Rand avoids ...
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How does objectivism see altruism during an accident?

As I understand, objectivism is against altruism. If a stranger is drowning in a lake and I know how to swim I can try to help and risk my own life in doing so. The person might cling to me and drown ...
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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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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 ...
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