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Ayn Rand isn't well liked because her work doesn't fit into the mold of what academia deems acceptable philosophy. This makes perfect sense when you understand that Ayn Rand's view of philosophy is different (she wasn't trying to meet the standards of academic philosophy). Rand views philosophy as an indispensable component of human life, while academics ...


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I think there's a simpler explanation for why Rand is generally ignored in academia. She loathes Kant (presumably would also Berkeley and the British Empiricists) and defines herself in perfect opposition to him. She refuses to even acknowledge the possibility that he might be right, and takes all of his questions to be ridiculous and evil pseudoquestions. ...


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Well, that depends. If we use Ayn Rands fictional work as a basis for reasonable behavior, we could look at the behavior of Howard Roark rather than John Galt. When asked by another architect for help on a project, Roark simply did the work because he could, without worrying about whether he would get credit or money. So Roark would probably do the project ...


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The most significant person would probably have to be Leonard Peikoff, the author of Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. The book's writing was supervised and authorized by Ayn Rand, but Peikoff provided a structure and clarity to Objectivism that Ayn Rand never did on paper. Ayn Rand's work exists spread across op-eds, articles, and speeches. The ...


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First, selfishness does not mean putting yourself before the masses. It means doing what is in your rational self interest. In order to make your life better you have to try to discover stuff about how the world works and how to change the world to make your life better. Rationality is about accepting the responsibility of judging issues yourself, rejecting ...


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The issue has been explained in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's entry on Ayn Rand: She wrote polemical, philosophical essays, often in response to questions by fans of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead; lectured on college campuses; and gave radio and television interviews. Her views of past and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, however, ...


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Dr. Stephen Hicks also sites Rand as an influence. He has produced analysis that references Objectivist material and wrote the entry for Objectivism in the "Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy". http://www.stephenhicks.org/publications/objectivism/


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The comments on this blog post on Brian Leiter's blog provide many good resources. A lot of the problem here is that no Academic can be bothered to take the time to debunk Rand. This is something I can understand but which is still unfortunate. This Mike Huemer post I find to be a particularly good take down of objectivist ethics. Robert Nozick, an Arch-...


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First, Objectivist principles are intended to be rational guidelines for maximizing long-term happiness. Accidents and emergencies are, by definition, exceptional events, and behavioral principles aren't always applicable. Secondly, Objectivism is against altruism in the sense of an obligation to sacrifice to others. It isn't globally opposed to acts of ...


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I like parts of Cort Ammon's answer, but I want to give a slightly different perspective. I want to answer as if what the OP really wants is a roadmap of things to do to get his or her idea to be taken up by the academic community, that is, have the idea discussed, argued about, taught in university courses and seminars, and have other people to write and ...


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Objectivism is inconsistent philosophical theory Alisa Rosenbaum (Ayn Rand) created Objectivism in an attempt to justify her political ideas and to an extent explain her literary works . Main theme of her work is idea of so called ethical egoism - sentient being should act firstly and foremost in their own self-interest, but should avoiding harming others ...


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This is the Sam Harris route to ignoring the difficulties with defining an objective morality (I assign it to him as he was, as far as I can tell, the most vocal and prominent early advocate of this position). It's really easy to define an objective morality, actually. It's just really difficult to justify it. Here's an objective morality: that which ...


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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 knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic. Rand didn't say much about induction except that she didn't know how it ...


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Following Ayn Rand's model by gaining influence outside of academia isn't an insult to professional philosophers unless you make it out to be that way. To get the attention of academics, maybe you should simply start speaking up. "Look at this, Dr. ___! Wouldn't it just make more sense if ___?" If you approach them quietly, they may not give you credit, ...


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Failing your class is not a rational option. There is a metaphysical primary: reality. In reality you can't fail the class so you must suffer. If you wanted to strike, which you seem to think is the only application of the philosophy, you must plan for it accordingly including your future. You're confused, and it's because your applying the storyline and not ...


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Presumably, yes. But this is why Objectivism is not taken very seriously. It opposes such harm, yet also and more ardently, it would seem, opposes the sort of government apparatus that could restrict environmental harms. The whole philosophy starts off with a bundle of simple-minded Aristotelean principles and whenever it runs into conflicts or ...


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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, Capitalism the Unknown Ideal). In such a system initiation of physical force is banned from human relationships because of the emphasis on the protection of ...


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view the world and its mysteries from a human perspective Different representations of reality are no more or less objective for there are always invariants. In the physical sciences, we see this clearly. For example, in the Special Theory of Relativity, elapsed time and distance are relative to the observer's frame of reference. However, the proper time ...


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Although Rand used her characters as a medium for her philosophy, this does not mean that they can be read as philosophical dialogues (like Plato's, for instance); rather, they are still works of fiction, and include the rhetorical devices (such as plot, character development, etc) commonly found in novels. In this case, this means that we do not have ...


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While I like Lucretius diplomatic answer, there's also a Randian one that is more likely to arouse hostility itself - an answer that should be obvious to anyone standing on Objectivist theory. I take "Rand is ignored by academics" to mean "Rand is ignored as a philosopher by established philosophers." - as opposed to IT professionals, for example. I use ...


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Some of Leonard Peikoff's work is very good, such as "Understanding Objectivism." Elliot Temple has made some improvements on Objectivism, such as correcting some problems with Objectivist epistemology: http://www.curi.us/1581-epistemology-without-weights-and-the-mistake. See also: http://fallibleideas.com/. George Reisman's book "Capitalism" explains a ...


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The term "Randian" is very much a slur in comparison to the term "Objectivist." Think of it like referring to the "Tea Party" people (or really anyone from the right) as "Teabaggers." The perception is that Ayn Rand had the type of personality that did not accept disagreement among the people she associated herself with, and this was true to an extent. ...


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The principle an Objectivist would emphasize for you is private property (and more fundamentally self-ownership). An Objectivist would argue that there are perfectly ethical occasions where force is the only rational course of action, such as in defending against attackers. So, the characterization of the Objectivist position you've put forward isn't quite ...


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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 by mistake) very similar to the philosophical views of Ayn Rand.


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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 behaviour. Lying would be behaviour that doesn't match that standard. Suppose a person reads about an idea that refutes his current ideas and he can't answer the ...


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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 integrate evidence. See http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/evasion.html for further discussion. You can see this deliberate, intentional attempt at evasion in ...


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Direct realism Direct or naive realism certainly assumes in its principal versions that : Perceptual states are belief states: To perceive an object is to acquire a certain number of true beliefs about it that are causally received from the object by using one's sense organs in a standard way. (M. S. Gram, 'Causation and Direct Realism', Philosophy ...


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Since you're capitalizing "Objectivism" and asking about other "recognized philosophies" this response is specifically about how the philosophy of Ayn Rand would actually handle such a claim. The piece about "there is a single objective reality" wouldn't be problematic at all because this is literally the basis of Objectivist Metaphysics. The law of ...


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Because it's garbage! Do you think there is a correlation between bad metaphysics in popular science and second-rate philosophers dominating public discourse like Rand? I do. It is definitely a sign of the state of things. She became popular here in the US where it is almost a civic duty to be philosophically illiterate. Philosophy is not only viewed ...


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The view of Objectivism that you present is somewhat naïve. Objectivism is practical. What you present, as was rightfully pointed out in another answer, is the story of Atlas Shrugged. That's like saying that being a Nietzsche enthusiast means going around shouting "GOD IS DEAD". Secondly, Ayn Rand believed Objectivism was eminently practical, in fact she ...


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