Tuesday Mar 13 Philosophy and Literature Intro Notes


Topic: Objectivism and Ayn Rand
Quoted from Wikipedia article, “Objectivism (Ayn Rand)”

Objectivism is a philosophy created by the Russian-American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905–1982). Objectivism’s central tenets are that reality exists independent of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (or rational self-interest), that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez faire capitalism, and that the role of art in human life is to transform humans’ metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.
Rand characterized Objectivism as “a philosophy for living on earth,” grounded in reality, and aimed at defining human nature and the nature of the world in which we live.
“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Do you agree or disagree with any of her points?

I open the floor.

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