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Writings based on Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's most popular novels are Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, which present her philosophy, Objectivism, in vivid characterizations.

  Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, esthetics, and  politics are the five main branches of philosophy that she identifies. Utilizing her methodology, one can be rational about all aspects of life. These essays present my understanding of Objectivism.

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This is Your Mind

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Doctors and Individual Rights

Internet Freedom VS On-line Piracy

Laws Must be Specific to Preserve Freedom

To Students of Objectivism

Kant as Founder of Modern Art

Thinking in Terms of Principles

The Purpose of Art

On Objectivity -- The Method of Thought

Applications of Philosophy

Happiness by a Proper Standard

Morality and War

Induction and Anarchism

Immigration and Applied Egoism

Independence Day 2012:

  Losing the Battle

On Civil Society

Batman and Justice

Paul Ryan and Objectivism

Philosophy in the Workplace

Articulating Freedom

The Argument for Freedom

Psycho-epistemology

Black Friday Special, The Morality of Profit

Intellectual Property Rights

How The Internet Works

Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History

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Freedom of Speech -- a Sacred Right

Objective Value

Teleological Measurements

Induction

Causality

Cognition

Ayn Rand as a Moral Hero

Moral Integrity

On Dualism

Protest NSA Spying

The Objectivist Trilogy

The DIM Hypothesis

Tolerance and DIM

Individual Rights

How We Know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 23:37:44 -0400 (EDT)
Work and philosophy
Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.

I wrote:

> For example, it's possible
> in the future that the terms
> "moral" and "practical" will
> become synonymous; or "soul"
> and "consciousness"; or "work"
> and "philosophy"--whereby
> one of the terms will fall
> into disuse.

HB wrote:

> <HB: I don't agree with that.
> There are differences in
> meaning in each case. I don't
> even see the relationship
> between "work" and "philosophy.">

In Objectivism, the moral is the practical and vice versa; and I
noticed that every time Miss Rand used the term "soul" she quickly
added that she meant human consciousness.

The last pair was based on what I thought was a quote from Hugh
Akston: all work is philosophy. Actually, he said that all work is an
act of philosophy.

<HB: Yes, and that's a very different thing, which, in fact,
*depends* on the distinction between the two.>

_Atlas Shrugged_, Part 3, Chapter 1, Atlantis, P686 paperback

"Given up?" said Hugh Akston. "Check your premises, Miss
Taggart. None of us has given up. It is the world that has....What is
wrong with a philosopher running a roadside diner? Or a cigarette
factory, as I am doing now? *All work is an act of philosophy.*
And when men will learn to consider productive work---and that
which is its source--- as the standard of their moral values, they will
reach that state of perfection which is the birthright they lost.... The
source of work? Man's mind, Miss Taggart, man's reasoning
mind...."


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