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  What is Objectivism?
Objectivism is a philosophy presented by the Russian-American novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand in her books and writings, especially The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957).
Rand was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, and her ideas and values form a large part of the foundation of the modern-day libertarian movement.
Although Objectivism was at its height throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, today there are probably several tens of thousands of people who self-identify as being part of the Objectivist movement, which promotes Objectivism in various ways and, like any movement, also serves as an international social club.
www.wisegeek.com /what-is-objectivism.htm   (443 words)

 Moral Objectivism
Hence, to say that morality is objective is to say that whether an action is right depends on the nature of that action; whether a person is good depends on the nature of that person; etc. Well, that just sounds trivial.
Another way of stating the thesis that morality is objective is to say that values are 'part of the fabric of reality;' that is, there is some actual state of the world that corresponds to a value judgement.
By clarifying the theses of objectivism and subjectivism, I may have just drastically reduced the number of opponents I have, for many readers may have simply dropped out of the relativist camp by reason of hearing what exactly relativism is. Indeed, I suspect confusion with other issues may be relativism's strongest means of gaining support.
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 Satanism and Objectivism
First, Objectivism holds that metaphysics, that branch of philosophy which concerns itself with the nature of reality, determines the nature of epistemology (which is concerned with how man acquires knowledge) as well as ethics (which is concerned with valuing human action), politics (social ethics) and art.
The assertion in Objectivism is that the use of force to cause others to submit to the will of the stronger or cleverer individual is "wrong" for the individual.
Fourth, Objectivism is purely atheistic with a complete rejection of the value of a god in their metaphysics.
www.churchofsatan.com /Pages/SatObj.html   (777 words)

 What is Objectivism?
The politics of Objectivism logically flows from and is justified by Objectivist ethics; Objectivist ethics logically flows from and is justified by Objectivist epistemology; Objectivist epistemology logically flows from and is justified by Objectivist metaphysics.
It also follows that Objectivism rejects skepticism (i.e., such ideas as that truth is inside your head; that there are no absolutes; that truths are all subjective) and mysticism (i.e., the idea, for example, that knowledge will be given to you by a supreme being without you having to reason).
Objectivism holds that right and wrong can be determined only with reference to the nature of man: that one must hold ones own life as ones highest value and standard, and that one must hold ones own happiness to be ones highest purpose.
www.mondopolitico.com /ideologies/atlantis/whatisobjectivism.htm   (3244 words)

 Critiques Of Libertarianism: Criticisms of Objectivism (or Ayn Rand).
Critiques Of Libertarianism: Criticisms of Objectivism (or Ayn Rand).
Objectivism and the Corruption of Rationality: A Critique of Ayn Rand's Epistemology
Scott Ryan "Objectivism and the Corruption of Rationality: A Critique of Ayn Rand's Epistemology"
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 Objectivism - EduTech Wiki
Objectivism refers to a class of cognitivist or behaviorist learning theory that view knowledge as some entity existing independent of the mind of individuals.
Objectivists place a strong emphasis on defining learning objectives and implicitly assume that the learner is an empty vessel, to be filled by the instructor (Reeves, 1992).” (Philips, 1998).
Therefore, to implement learning scenarios that aim the acquisition of complex knowledge structures or learning strategies it is suggested to select strategies at the constructivist end of the continuum.
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 Objectivism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Objectivism is an integrated system of thought that defines the abstract principles by which a man must think and act if he is to live the life proper to man.
Objectivism is a philosophy done rigorously – it is a philosophical system based on complete logical validation.
Every concept in Objectivism is attributed logically from prior concepts (except for the axioms) – it is a rational whole.
www.normantang.net /objectivism.html   (1205 words)

 The Liberal Institute: Liberalism's Greatest Current Rival, Objectivism
Objectivism had large elements of religious dogmatism woven into the fabric of this mostly-rational philosophy from the very beginning.
Objectivism as a philosophy is an extreme, avant-garde, seemingly freakish thing, and as such it attracts few normal adherents.
Objectivism, meanwhile, is just one type of philosophy which isn't altogether rational, has all kinds of problems, and doesn't really seem to be going anywhere socially and intellectually.
www.liberalinstitute.com /NotQuiteRight.html   (1980 words)

 A Personal and Promethean Response to Objectivism
What is distinctly Randian in Objectivism is twofold: her particular tone, which is too often alienating, uncompromising and self-righteous, and her retrogressive fusion of an Aristotelian obsession with reason with a purist, fundamentalist morality.
Both are quite recognizable in her closed-mindedness to what might be learned from non-western cultures, and her clannish attitudes which condemned all those outside her circle, and periodically purged it of those she found untrue to her vision.
It is not surprising that Objectivism as a philosophical school has experienced many of the same symptoms inherent in organized religion: defensive dogmatism, clannish behavior, condemnation of unbelievers, and even the excommunication of prominent members for their unorthodoxy.
www.promethea.org /Misc_Compositions/Objectivism.html   (2228 words)

 Objectivism: Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Objectivism identifies the locus of man's will as his conceptual faculty, arguing that the faculty of reason is the faculty of volition.
Objectivism defines a practical set of virtues which are, by definition, the behavior patterns required to achieve values that support individual human life.
Objectivism treats sex as "an intense form of happiness: the rapture of experiencing emotionally the two interconnected achievements of self-esteem and the benevolent-universe conviction." Thus, for Objectivism, sex is a person's metaphysical celebration of his own existence.
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 Objectivism versus Monism: The False Options of Materialism & Idealism
The charge that Objectivism, explicitly or implicitly, is a philosophy of materialism generally comes from those who favor some variant of idealism, the belief that everything in the Universe is ultimately reducible to idea or spirit and that material objects are sort of condensed spirit.
Objectivism rejects the view of ancient Oriental mysticism -- still widely believed in modern times -- that man is a divided being, composed of a "low" part (matter) and a "high" part (spirit) which are continually at war with each other as the "high" part seeks to "escape" the confines of the "low" part..
Objectivism rejects monism, the dogmum that everything in the Universe is ultimately reducible to only one kind of existence (either matter or spirit or whatever).
www.laissez-fairerepublic.com /MONISM.htm   (3624 words)

 Objectivism - dKosopedia
Objectivism is the self given name of a "philosophy" created by Ayn Rand.
It's name is ironic as even Rand (who was a novelist) admitted her thinking was certainly "Romantic", a form of intuitive philosophizing naturally opposed to objective materialism.
While great effort is taken within "Objectivism" to insist the term relates to objectivism as in the sense of "objective science", it's patently clear under a progressive analysis that the movement really uses the term "objective" as oppositional and antipodal to "compassionate"...
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Objectivism   (178 words)

 Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Objectivism, unlike anarchy and anarchistic movements such as Libertarianism, sees government as a necessary factor for the preservation of man's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Those most attracted to Objectivism are those who sense that there is order in the world, and that the world can be understood, if we only go about it properly.
To have an area of the world that we cannot yet understand in its entirety is emotionally troublesome for one to whom objectivity is a value (Rand's theory of emotions states that one is happy or unhappy to the extent that ones values are achieved/retained or not achieved/lost).
www.starways.net /lisa/essays/objectivism.html   (863 words)

 Objectivism - Uncyclopedia
Objectivism is a religious movement founded by Ayn Rand.
This formal hierarchical structure makes Objectivism particuarly appealing to computer programmers, who are some of the few people wealthy enough to afford belonging to the church.
Ayn Rand herself, as the church's founder, was considered to be the original superclass who created the first methods of the church, and after her death was declared to have become a pure virtual superclass who continues to provide new methods to the objects in the highest-ranking classes of the church.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Objectivism   (292 words)

 Liberating Objectivism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
But, Objectivism must be competitively evolved in all areas of productive activities, not kept in ever tightening knots of hypocrisy and stagnation.
They are shrinking Objectivism into ever narrower purities to protect their authoritarian positions.
Objectivism, by contrast, is valid with no harmful aspects to attack.
www.neo-tech.com /neotech/prosperity/objectivism.html   (4011 words)

 enlightenment: Rethinking Kelley's Essence of Objectivism
Objective systems need to be open to modification as new facts are discovered, but they also need to be closed to claims based on intrinsicism and subjectivism.
Objective systems of knowledge are always open, at least in principle, no matter what their state of completeness.
However, objectivity suggests that the first criteria to consider when considering contested principles is not the fundamentality of the principal, but the evidence that led to the argument.
enlightenment.supersaturated.com /essays/text/davesaum/essence-kelley.html   (3714 words)

 Objectivism 101 - What is Objectivism, Reason Defined - free Suite101.com course
The goal is to take one thru the essential concepts of Objectivist epistemology, ethics and politics, with an emphasis on concepts which tend to confuse beginners because of their philosophical meaning.
Objectivism was assembled by the philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand, who wrote Atlas Shrugged in 1957, the book that was to become the second most influential after the Bible (according to a survey by the Library of Congress).
Now that she is dead, the main proponent of Objectivism is arguably David Kelley, the leader of the Objectivist Center.
www.suite101.com /lesson.cfm/17330/547/2   (818 words)

 Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (OPAR) is the only comprehensive treatment of Ayn Rand's philosophy.
One of the OPAR site's most popular features is the excerpt section with its wide selection of passages from Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand that cover a diverse range of issues — from the nature of philosophy, certainty, and the causes of emotions, to topics like justice, capitalism, and sex.
www.peikoff.com /opar/home.htm   (281 words)

 Objectivism Syncretism
I was recently criticized for mischaracterizing Objectivism, which was surprising because the object of the criticism had almost nothing to do with Objectivism itself and was a characterization of something else altogether.
We regard Objectivism is the highest achievement in and greatest contribution to philosophy since Locke, and Ayn Rand the most recent name in that series of true contributors to the field of philosophy beginning with Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, to Aristotle, Peter Abelard, William of Occam, Francis Bacon, and John Locke.
Ayn Rand acknowledged Aristotle as the only one she was philosophically indebted to, nevertheless, Objectivism is conceptually, the next step in philosophy after Locke (and it seems hardly possible that Rand did not see the relationship between her ethics of egoism and Locke's concept of "rational self-interest").
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 SOLO Perversion of Objectivism-- Part 1
It concerns an essential truth of Objectivism, the volitional nature of man. You might notice that is not one of the "fundamentals" Barbara happened to mention.
The SOLO perversion of Objectivism might certainly turn some people away from that philosophy, which would be harmful to them, of course; but Objectivism is not a movement or, "religion," that depends on how many people embrace it to be successful, which is another false issue of SOLO that will be addressed.
The danger is to those who are new to Objectivism and who are seeking to understand their own nature and the nature of the world they live in, and have already grasped that Objectivism is the only philosophy that adequately addresses those issues.
www.geocities.com /rational_argumentator/SOLO1.html   (2499 words)

 The Ayn Rand Institute: Introducing Objectivism
The following is a short description of Objectivism given by Ayn Rand in 1962.
To learn more about her philosophic system, please read Dr. Leonard Peikoff's short essay: The Philosophy of Objectivism: A Brief Summary.
Reason (the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses) is man's only means of perceiving reality, his only source of knowledge, his only guide to action, and his basic means of survival.
www.aynrand.org /site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro   (488 words)

 Enlightenment: Objectivist Scholarship
Objectivism is the philosophy originated by novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand.
While many Objectivists and commentators on Objectivism have focused on the often distinctive and controversial philosophical principles of Objectivism, such principles are not the distinguishing characteristic of the philosophy.
Rather, it is the Objectivist conception of objectivity, a revolutionary view at the heart of epistemology, which is the essential feature of the philosophy.
enlightenment.supersaturated.com /about_oism.html   (339 words)

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