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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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Life as the standard of value in Ayn Rand's Objectivism, and the significance of a flourishing life

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 ...
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If an amateur philosopher were to come up with a revolutionary logical philosophy, how could they get that accepted?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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What version of Objectivism makes this claim?

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 ...
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What version of Objectivism makes this claim?

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 ...
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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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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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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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Ayn Rand's Objectivism - Can an immoral act become moral?

To me, it seems the professor's primary point was that her choice to break the law would put her family at "risk" or otherwise inconvenience them. Frankly, an Objectivist would not care ...
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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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Why are Objectivists against Socialism?

There are a lot of false premises in this question. (As Rand would say, "check your premises".) Firstly, it is not true that socialism is usually supported by the lower classes, or that ...
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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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How journalism's rationale to tell facts feasible? How objectivity may be achieved if at all by journalists?

Why assume facts cannot be presented? Here's a basic semantic framework from standard philosophy of language: Sentences express propositions, and the truth values of propositions are settled by the ...
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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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If an amateur philosopher were to come up with a revolutionary logical philosophy, how could they get that accepted?

While Rand's philosophy is certainly still a small minority position in academia, it is gradually gaining some traction. This is evidenced by: The establishment of an academic journal dealing with ...
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If an amateur philosopher were to come up with a revolutionary logical philosophy, how could they get that accepted?

You really have two major unknowns: where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there. Where do you want to go? Is your goal to selflessly advance the human race through philosophy? Or do ...
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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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What direction does Ayn Rand's Objectivism give for making a decision that would benefit me slightly while damaging another greatly?

Based on her interview with James Day on the Day at Night program, particularly starting with this section, my guess would be that she would say that the proper Objectivist person would probably not ...
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Transcendental and non-transcendental god and objectivism

Coming up with a non-transcendent, naturalistic explanation that no longer needs the transcendent miraculous explanation does not mean that the non-transcendent explanation is correct. All it ...
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Transcendental and non-transcendental god and objectivism

When you put time into the equation, you are moving away from Plato, and toward Aristotle and ultimately to Hegel, and to a certain branch off of Hegel, to Marx; though Hegel really is the more modern ...
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Is absolute moral relativism impossible?

Not quite. Person A might believe that Objectivism is true and always the case but a believer in Moral Relativism would believe that each persons view of morality is true FOR THEM ONLY. As an ...
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Do the words "in relation to" imply relativism?

One way to differentiate relations from properties is to differentiate between monadic and polyadic predicates. A relation is then any predicate more than one-place in its argument (input). Now ...
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