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Objectivism: Ayn Rand's
Course: Introduction to Objectivism (Instructor: Suzi Fleck)
Historical Background Powerpoint
Objectivism: Overview Chart/Diagram
Suzi's Essays on Objectivism
In Defense of Processed Knowledge. This essay explains the basic structures of Objectivism's Epistemology (how do we obtain knowledge?). In addition, there are comparisons and contrasts with other major schools of thought on the subject of knowledge. Here you will find Rand's theory of concept formation, Unit Economy and abstraction. You will also discover how she debunks the so-called analytic-synthetic dichotomy.
Beyond Ethical Egoism. In his article, Egoism and Moral Skepticism, James Rachels presents some convincing arguments exposing the weakness of both the psychological egoism and ethical egoism positions. However, his paper is fraught with problems. I intend to reveal the weaknesses in Rachels’ arguments, and will expose his gross distortion of Ayn Rand’s view. Along the way, I will compare classical ethical egoism with Rand’s “rational-selfishness”, and demonstrate that her views withstand Rachel’s objections. I will show how Rand can take us beyond ethical egoism while bypassing the lure of altruism.
Rational-Duty meets Rational-Selfishness.
Did you know that Immanuel Kant's ethical system has a deeply rational basis? Did
you know that he, like Rand, views persons as "ends in themselves?" . . .
that, Kant, like Rand, is opposed to tyrannical governments which intrude far too much on
personal liberty? . . . that, like Rand, he believes we should bring quality to our
lives and strive for happiness? . . . and that self-esteem plays a key role in his ethical
system? If this is all true, as I demonstrate in this essay, then why is Kant
epitomized as the "enemy of Objectivism, including his views on ethics? I
explain why: This essay compares and contrasts Kantian and Randian ethics, including
their views of values, human relations, human nature, rationality, emotions, and