Re: [humanism-174] Objectivism

From: user 9.
Sent on: Monday, June 22, 2009 7:54 AM
Michael, Im hardly an expert on Ayn Rand but I would suggest reading her novel "The Fountainhead" which will give you a better sense of her ideas than any summation I could give. Despite her placing reason above all else her personal  life was filled with contradictions that violated her own epistemology. Aside from that its a terrifc novel!   Randall
---- MichaelV <[address removed]> wrote: 
> I am listening to a podcast right now in which a self professed Objectivist describes a moment in which Ayn Rand stand up on one leg and describes her philosophy as: "Objectivism is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own sense of happiness and moral purpose in his life, with productive achievements as his noblest activity and reason as his only absolute.".  I haven't been able to find the video, but I do have a question for anyone interested.
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> What exactly is Objectivism?  What does the philosophy entail, and does the above quote properly represent it?  Is the philosophy consistent with the ideas of the Libertarian philosophy?  I have never been overly fond of Rand; I ound her work to be rambling and imprecise, which is the primary reason I never looked into it that deeply.  However, I have noticed that there is a growing segment of the electorate that perscribes to the Rand philosophies, particularly Libertarians, and asuming the Republican party continues to self destruct, it may be the case that it 4-12 years we have a significant Libertatrian presence in our government, something I do not at all agree with in principle but would not be at all troubled with if it were to happen.  Any information you have would be appreciated, and I will gladly take responses in private or in our forum if you so desire.
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