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Why do people quote Ayn Rand so much on this forum when she clearly wasn't into philosophy?

If she [Ayn Rand] has nothing to do with philosophy and her arguments are not philosophical in nature, what is the point? Ayn Rand was a philosopher. She wrote about epistemology in "Introduction to ...
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Why is John Rawls taken more seriously than Ayn Rand?

You ask "What am I missing in Rawls's theory of justice?" after having said that "Rawls says the rich should be free to get as rich as they want to, as long as the poor get to pick up of a few crumbs ...
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How would Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand respond to the following moral dilemma?

You should stop conflating people like Friedman with Ayn Rand. Friedman was far less consistent than Rand in his advocacy of freedom. So I'm going to address the sort of thing I think Rand would say. ...
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What is the basis for Kant's misquote "If the truth shall kill them, let them die" (murderer at the door)?

This probably refers to the infamous "murderer at the door" passage from Kant's essay On a Supposed Right to Lie from Philanthropy (1797), written near the end of his life. The essay was a ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

John Piper tells this analogy about love and satisfaction in relation to God, but I think the principle applies to any human relationship: I buy — because we’re in our 50th year of marriage now, okay,...
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Do libertarians like Robert Nozick and Ayn Rand agree with the idea of enforcing intellectual property?

Some libertarians oppose patents and copyrights in principle, see Kinsella's manifesto Against Intellectual Property. A common view is that due to its reproducibility (e.g. "theft" does not deprive ...
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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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What model of self-deception was Ayn Rand using in Atlas Shrugged?

Rand uses the term evasion to refer to self-deception. This is the willful refusal to accept reality and the evidence of your senses by suspending your judgement deliberately refusing to identify and ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

Any action can be described as 'selfish' if that just means that one derives pleasure or satisfaction from it or if one argues in a closed circle of motivation that one must have derived (or expected ...
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Would Ayn Rand's Objectivism work in a society?

Rand's Objectivism is really Locke's 'State of Nature' argument (SoNa) on steroids. It imagines a world in which everyone is a rational, self-sufficient individual whose relationships to other people ...
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Why didn't Ayn Rand go on strike?

In the general sense, a strike is a collective work-stoppage meant to give leverage against a powerful industry-owner, usually to protest and redress poor working conditions. Rand — in her inimitable ...
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How does Rand explain her choice of laissez-faire capitalism?

Rand defines capitalism as follows: “Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.” (Rand, Ayn, ...
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Why do people quote Ayn Rand so much on this forum when she clearly wasn't into philosophy?

I think there's kind of two questions actually getting asked here. The first question is: "why would it ever make sense to bring non-philosophical thought into philosophical inquiry?" Though I am no ...
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What model of self-deception was Ayn Rand using in Atlas Shrugged?

Rand explained what sort of behaviour and ideas she considered honest: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/honesty.html Honesty involves acting rationally by trying to understand and judge ideas and ...
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Why do people quote Ayn Rand so much on this forum when she clearly wasn't into philosophy?

You might discribe Nietzsche's work as 'predominantly a collection of his opinions and unsubstantiated postulates and proposals'. So what? You are going to have to qualify 'so much' in relative ...
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Why do people quote Ayn Rand so much on this forum when she clearly wasn't into philosophy?

I think Rand's rather persistent presence is due to three factors. 1 She is a NAME and is often described in the media as a philosopher. Many questioners are simply rather curious about her on that ...
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Does Quantum Physics Refute Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Bohm believed in an objective reality that had a hidden part which is difficult for us to measure, observe or think about, but not impossible. That made Bohm's thought (although he had been socialist ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

Sometimes a disaster takes place that will make human life impossible in some particular limited context - Ayn Rand calls this an emergency: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/emergencies.html In ...
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Why do people quote Ayn Rand so much on this forum when she clearly wasn't into philosophy?

A key idea of the Objectivist philosophy is that arguments must be made in terms of essentials for conclusions to be valid and validatable. This is why, for example, the concept of a human as a ...
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Can one find in the writings of Ayn Rand a definitive list of rights?

I would like to know if she ever set everything down together in one place. She did, in her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, essay Man's Rights. The essay is available in its entirety here, at Ayn ...
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How would you explain the is-ought dichotomy to an "Objectivist"?

I think the person you were discussing this topic with did not do a very good job of explaining the Objectivist theory on the is-ought problem. This is something that Rand has written about ...
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Capitalism stance on natural disasters

Providing resources for rebuilding private infrastructure would not be considered a role of government under the Objectivist conception of capitalism. People do not have a “right” to be free from the ...
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Did Ayn Rand embrace critical realism?

Ayn Rand thought that a world exists outside our perception and that we could create knowledge about that world. She also had wrote material saying that our knowledge is fallible, e.g. - on p. 78 of &...
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Is Rand's Objectivism consequentialist/consequentially motivated?

Rand's moral philosophy is normative (obviously) and derived from consideration of consequences, but it is not consequentialist in its framing of moral principles and rights. Rand argued that moral ...
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Does Quantum Physics Refute Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Let's first address the elephant in the room. Ayn Rand was a philosopher who would not engage in any philosophical debate with claims that ran contrary to her common-sense vision of the world. A ...
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What philosophers have built on Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Regarding another answer here, the claim that you'd be hard-pressed to find a serious philosopher who takes Ayn Rand seriously is a classic case of the No True Scotsman fallacy --- the many many ...
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How does Rand explain her choice of laissez-faire capitalism?

In laissez faire capitalism, each person has the right to take or refuse any offer of trade, and is also free to make offers of trade. To do anything you need access to physical objects. To the extent ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

Since you mention that this question is in connection to Ayn Rand, she most certainly did not think that something is selfish merely because you take pleasure from it. Indeed, Rand went to great ...
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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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