North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › What are the philosophical differences between ARI and TOC, if any?
As always, let's keep the discussion civil, educational, and constructive.
National organizations offering information (or confusion) regarding Objectivism include the following:
The Ayn Rand Institute ("ARI")
"[T]he authoritative online source for information on the life and works of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand"
Organizer's question for the group: What does "authoritative source" mean? Is Objectivism a "closed" system, an "open" system, or something in between?
The Objectivist Center ("TOC")
"The goal of The Objectivist Center is to help create a new culture in our society, a culture in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy, a culture that affirms the core Objectivist values of reason, individualism, freedom, and achievement. ..."
Organizer's question for the group: What does "in tune with the entrepreneurial spririt of the new economy" mean? How far can tolerance go?
Sense of Live Objectivists ("SOLO")
"SOLO was set up - to invoke George Walsh's famous remark when he helped David Kelley launch the Institute for Objectivist Studies - for those who consider themselves "homeless Objectivists" still. It’s for those who, after 15 years of IOS/TOC, want an alternative to barking-mad dogmatism other than timid, sonnambulist ecumenism.
Organizer's Question for the group: Is this the story of the three bears, where SOLO believes ARI is too hot and TOC is too cold? Or is SOLO really just a variation on a theme of TOC?
Edited by Old Toad on Feb 23, 2005 8:56 PM