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Old 01-19-2010, 03:41 AM #1
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Ayn Rand anyone?

I have talked to a lot of people who can't stand Ayn Rand books. Personally I like them. A long time ago I read Anthem (for an essay contest in HS) and thought it was great. Lately I started reading The Fountain Head. Granted the book doesn't really fit the bill as typical page turner for me I still can't seem to put it down.

And her philosophy is logically undeniable.

Anyone else into Rand around here?

btw: still haven't finished the The Fountain Head so no spoilers please.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:17 AM #2
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wow i didn't think i could find a forum that was this dead.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:49 AM #3
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Rand's crazy but she's a good introduction to rational self interest and objectivist philosophies.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:01 AM #4
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Her "philosophy" is a system of false dichotomies. You should read some REAL philosophy.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:59 AM #6
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I really liked Atlas Shrugged but I admit I skimmed through the really lengthy radio address. I think she is very heavy handed in getting her views across and I don't agree with all of them but I still enjoyed the book quite a bit. I might have to pick up something else by her soon.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:11 PM #7
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Rand's crazy but she's a good introduction to rational self interest and objectivist philosophies.
Seems like she would be the only introduction to Objectivist philosophy.



Perhaps you meant "objectivist" as an adjective, but that wouldn't make much sense either.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:49 PM #8
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And her philosophy is logically undeniable.
Maybe if you're a selfish prick.

Ayn Rand is just awful.
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Seems like she would be the only introduction to Objectivist philosophy.



Perhaps you meant "objectivist" as an adjective, but that wouldn't make much sense either.
No, there's other works in Objectivism. Sure she was the progenitor of the philosophy, but there have since been works by others which address the topic.

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Maybe if you're a selfish prick.

Ayn Rand is just awful.
Being selfish isn't a bad thing. Everything you have ever done in your life you did for a selfish reason. All you have to do is ask "why did I do that" and you will find that every action you partook in had a benefit for you whether it be material or immaterial.
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Ok, you can boil down every choice, no matter how selfless, to "you did that because of the positive feeling associated with being selfless", making it a selfish act.

But I sya so what. Is there a difference between being selfless and and finding pleasure in helping people?
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:39 PM #11
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But I sya so what. Is there a difference between being selfless and and finding pleasure in helping people?
Yes? It's a question of motivation.
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Yes? It's a question of motivation.
A is not A just because Rand says it's A. and the cookie crumbles.

but on the literature aspect of it, no I think she's an awful writer. However, Anthem was pretty good when I was 16. Of course, I also liked Christopher Pike vampire books back then, so even i consider the opinion of 16yr-old me moot.
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I really enjoy Ayn Rand (I actually just started reading We The Living yesterday). Her philosophy, in my opinion, raises some very good points, however, I wouldn't take it as gospel.
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The worst thing anybody can do is treat her philosophy as gospel. She has good points to make, and an interesting viewpoint, but you set yourself up for failure by treating it as 'gospel.'
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The worst thing anybody can do is treat her philosophy as gospel. She has good points to make, and an interesting viewpoint, but you set yourself up for failure by treating it as 'gospel.'
I agree with this. I know Rand has many shortcomings, but I find the "I'm out for mine" philosophy quite refreshing.
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I picked up Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal today. Just in the few pages I've skimmed, it seems like pretty fascinating stuff.
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If you like philosophy (like me ) then you have to study Ayn Rand. Is she a psycho egoist? umm, yeah. but it seems that many philosophers are extreme in their points in order to set a boundary. You can't go through life being a 100% personal egoist, you'll just be alone. Similarly you can't be 100% Marxist because then noone goes anywhere. Rand's ideas are a logical way about a good life, look out for #1, duh. But, you have to understand that she is the outlier of extreme egoism in the scale of existentialism.
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Being selfish isn't a bad thing. Everything you have ever done in your life you did for a selfish reason. All you have to do is ask "why did I do that" and you will find that every action you partook in had a benefit for you whether it be material or immaterial.
You have a point, I don't think you can label an "action" as altruistic, but I believe people can be. Like it was said, motivation. A person can act with no selfish reason whatsoever. but someone else may do the same thing with different intent. It comes down to universal vs. personal altruism.
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I have read a majority of her books, my favorite being fountain head. I was drawn to it from the architectural and political standpoints. Next is anthem, and i enjoyed it because in my eyes that could be the perfect society. I enjoyed we the people because it was the easiest read, , yet it was like her other books. Now to the last of the set, atlas shrugged, **** that, i have no idea, i read it, but **** that ****, over my head.
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I personally love Ayn Rand and her work.
Her philosophy is blunt and potentially unappealing to one who does not wish to work and earn their own.

If people are going to accuse her of 'philosophical shortcomings' why aren't such things mentioned in the post... The application of her philosophy to ones life works. It's based on the premise of reason (accept what exists, with a rational basis) the selfishness is often misconstrued by people as permission to do whatever one wishes.. Fraud (an inherently selfish act) would not be considered selfish in the eyes of rand as pursuit of ones success would be. This so because she also is an advocate for truth (something reason presupposes)by committing fraud one has committed a degration to themselves (not thought themselves capable of greater success by a legitimate means). They know that their economic gains have been achieved dishonestly. Also its not in their best interest to steal due to the fact that people's 'success' in such a field is short-lived (they typically will be brought to justice)

Lastly 'madgoat'.. that was a moronic post, it would be a waste of time for me to elaborate further on it. Especially because if you really believe such a statement to be true you're incapable of being reached anyway.
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I personally love Ayn Rand and her work.
Her philosophy is blunt and potentially unappealing to one who does not wish to work and earn their own.

If people are going to accuse her of 'philosophical shortcomings' why aren't such things mentioned in the post... The application of her philosophy to ones life works. It's based on the premise of reason (accept what exists, with a rational basis) the selfishness is often misconstrued by people as permission to do whatever one wishes.. Fraud (an inherently selfish act) would not be considered selfish in the eyes of rand as pursuit of ones success would be. This so because she also is an advocate for truth (something reason presupposes)by committing fraud one has committed a degration to themselves (not thought themselves capable of greater success by a legitimate means). They know that their economic gains have been achieved dishonestly. Also its not in their best interest to steal due to the fact that people's 'success' in such a field is short-lived (they typically will be brought to justice)

Lastly 'madgoat'.. that was a moronic post, it would be a waste of time for me to elaborate further on it. Especially because if you really believe such a statement to be true you're incapable of being reached anyway.

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