The ideas of Ayn Rand

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Submitted by Harry Binswanger (United States), Apr 16, 2011 01:42

Rather than engage in ad hominems, let the opponents engage with the actual ideas.

In briefest essence, the Objectivist philosophy holds that:

--reality exists as an independent absolute

--sensory perception is the base of all knowledge

--concepts are formed from perception by an objective process

--reason--the use of logic to process perceptual data conceptually--is man's only means of gaining knowledge beyond the animal level (perception),

--reason is man's only proper guide to action

--the use of reason is volitional, man's "free will" being his choice between rationality and irrationality

--man's life as a rational being is the standard of morality,

--rational selfishness is the essence of each individual's moral responsibility, since his life depends on his rationality

--physical force is anti-mind and therefore anti-life and therefore evil

--the only proper function of government is to use retaliatory force against those who initiate its use

--that the social system based on all the foregoing is capitalism--laissez-faire capitalism, not the welfare-state of today.

Now, which of those do you disagree with?

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⇒ The ideas of Ayn Rand [169 words]Harry BinswangerApr 16, 2011 01:42
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