|Sent on:||Tuesday, June 3, 2014 10:29 PM|
"Philosophy is not a bauble of the intellect, but a power from which no man can abstain. Anyone can say that he dispenses with a view of reality, knowledge, the good, but no one can implement this credo. The reason is that man, by his nature as a conceptual being, cannot function at all without some form of philosophy to serve as his guide."
Dr. Leonard Peikoff, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (OPAR), Ch. 1, p. 1.
Tom Hall, our Meetup Organizer, has generously scheduled a series of OPAR readings and meetup discussions (http://www.meetup.com/AustinObjectivism/).
Anyone who is a fan of Ayn Rand, a fan of Atlas Shrugged, or who may even be an accomplished student of Objectivist Philosophy can profit from a first, or an additional, OPAR read.
Dr. Peikoff, a life-long collaborator of Ayn Rand's, her named intellectual heir, and an esteemed philosophy professor in his own right, has laid out the entire Objectivist Philosophy in this excellent book; and he accomplishes this feat in a ground-up, thoroughly systematic, and easily understandable fashion.
Objectivism is a fully integrated, internally consistent, and objective philosophy that is logically built upon a few simple root facts that anyone can readily observe at any given time - without engaging in any form of mysticism.
So if you don't already own a copy of OPAR, consider picking one up from your local bookstore or from Amazon. And if you can make it to our meetup discussions - all the better.
I find that I acquire my best intellectual knowledge and understanding by way of quiet and thoughtful reading; however I also find that sharing discussion in our meetup group instills important life to the subject. It's a powerful combination.
Even if you don't yet have your own copy of OPAR, or just didn't get around to performing the week's reading selection, joining the discussion group is a great step anyway: go ahead and attend the meetups. The reading selections are short, so if you thereby discover a desire to join in more fully, then any reading catch-up should be easily accomplished.
However, the discussions should be mostly limited to the subject and context of the scheduled readings; so if you do take the come-and-sample approach, then a broad lean towards intelligent listening might be well appreciated by the group. Essentially, this is not a debate and persuasion forum but a common-interest study group.
Enjoy good company, like minds, and lively conversation. Consider arriving a bit early to sample some of Café Express's tasty food (http://www.cafe-express.com/menu/dine-in). However, food purchase, though encouraged, is not required for attendance.
And remember that the most important benefit of mastering Objectivist Philosophy is the acquisition of a personal ownership and explicit understanding of the objective method, as broadly applied: the development of powerful objective thinking habits which can enrich all well-considered choices of daily life, both large and small.
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