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Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand II

At this meetup we'll continue with Leonard Peikoff's "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand"

    This brilliantly conceived and organized book is based on a
    lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976, entitled
    "The Philosophy of Objectivism." The lectures were attended by
    Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and also joined Peikoff in
    answering questions. Ayn Rand said of these lectures: "Until or
    unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr.
    Peikoff's course is the only authorized presentation of the
    entire theoretical structure of Objectivism--that is, the only
    one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate."

For this meeting we'll cover:

Chapter 1: 

  The Metaphysically Given As Absolute 23
  Idealism And Materialism As The Rejection Of Basic Axioms 30

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  • Orrin S.

    This might be a good opportunity to examine and discuss objections to Objectivism's Axioms. So far, I only did a brief google and remember one claiming that "Existence exists" is just a meaningless tautology. Does anyone know of any other "intelligent" objections that we could discuss?

    June 13, 2014

    • Michael E. M.

      Definitely. I have given this some thought over the years since I took a college class in symbolic logic in 2006. My professor was a fan of British idealism: she was certain that A is A, but not so confident that the sun would rise tomorrow.

      June 14, 2014

    • Michael E. M.

      Orrin, I found this on the MSK "Objectivist Living" website. Stephen Boydstun is a pretty good thinker and has done a lot of writing within the Objectivist canon. This is about Tautology, the discussion you asked for tonight. http://www.objectivis...­

      June 15, 2014

  • Tom M.

    see below...

    June 14, 2014

  • Michael E. M.

    We will be completing Chapter 1 on Reality. I made my notes and am ready. Just to say, though, on one of the "objectivish" boards that I read and write for, a discussion came up based on an essay by a (computer) scientist on why scientists have no interest in philosophy, yet "do" it all the time. The essay was interesting - a plea for empiricism and positivism opposed to rationalism and idealism; he was very hard on poor old Plato. Of course, it was largely lacking and fallacious, especially regarding axioms, which we just covered last week.

    June 13, 2014

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