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Sunday, April 30, 2017

On Objectivism

Question: Is Objectivism a system of philosophy or a sense of life movement?

Answer: While Ayn Rand conceived Objectivism as a philosophy, it is now a sense of life movement. I say this because most contemporary Objectivist scholars tend to avoid intricate philosophical theory—they do not aim to influence other professional philosophers and they never answer any objections to their ideas; their focus is only on preaching a rational sense of life to an audience which has a very limited experience of philosophy. Preaching sense of life is a good thing, but it isn't philosophy.

(Here's the link the Facebook discussion on my timeline.)

3 comments:

voluntaryist said...

A sense of life is based on a philosophy, i.e., it implies such. Since all philosophical systems are objective or subjective, rational or irrational, pro-life or anti-life, the sense of life follows and is verified by the first, put not the second.

Mr. Chirpsky said...

You're a liar. That is all.

voluntaryist said...

I was not clear. I meant to say: Starting from a valid premise (an objective system) and using logic, the sense of life will follow, but starting with a subjective premise, using logic, any sense of life may follow, both rational or irrational. To be valid, an argument must start from a rational premise.