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RE: [AustinObjectivism] Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

From: Orrin S.
Sent on: Friday, June 6, 2014 11:55 AM

"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 discussions (

Anyone who is a fan of Ayn Rand, a fan of Atlas Shrugged, or who is an accomplished Objectivism student, 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 mystical thought.

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.

Anyone may find that knowledge and understanding is best acquired way of quiet and thoughtful reading; however one may also find that focused discussion can instill important life into a subject. It can be a potent 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 are mostly limited to the subject and context of the scheduled readings; so if you take the come-and-sample approach, then a lean towards listening might be appreciated by the group. Essentially, this is not a debate and persuasion forum, or a contest of knowledge, but a common-interest study group.

Come to enjoy good company, like minds, and lively conversation. Consider arriving a bit early to order some of Café Express's tasty food ( Food purchase, though encouraged, is not required for attendance.

The important benefit of mastering Objectivist Philosophy is the acquisition of a personal ownership of the objective method, as broadly applied; one can develop powerful objective thinking habits which can enrich all well-considered choices of daily life, both large and small.

Orrin Smith
Austin Objectivism Meetup Co-Member


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