An Interview with Ayn Rand

Written on July 26, 2009. Written by .

The following interview is fictitious, but is based entirely on quotations by Ayn Rand herself (see citations at the end). To the best of my knowledge, none of the quotations are taken grossly out of context. cspice: Your philosophy of Objectivism is based on self-interest. Would you say then, that you are a type of […]

Read more from the Ethics category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 12 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

The Dilemma of Self-Revision

Written on June 4, 2009. Written by .

Our genes endowed us with a great power when they gave us an independent consciousness. Unlike probably any other species, we can use thought to change the program that we run during life. Other animals may be capable of some form of experience, but I think it is very unlikely that any non-human animal has […]

Read more from the Philosophy of Mind category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 3 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

The Principle of Non-Arbitrary Distinction

Written on May 13, 2009. Written by .

Absolute principles do not contain arbitrary lines. Here, the word “absolute” means that the principle is based on objective reasoning rather than the personal prejudices of its creator. So we can see why this statement is true because if there was a line being drawn in the argument for an absolute principle, there would have […]

Read more from the Logic category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 3 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

Dreams

Written on April 16, 2009. Written by .

Have you ever woken up from an amazing dream and thought “I should go back to sleep so I can get back to enjoying that dream.”? I said this to myself yesterday morning, but before I could get back to sleep, I had a sudden realization. I decided that this thought didn’t really make sense […]

Read more from the Philosophy of Mind category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 2 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

Compatibilism

Written on March 18, 2009. Written by .

One of the biggest debates in philosophy is the free will vs. determinism debate. Determinists claim the world is predictable, so we should be able to predict all the actions of a person, at least in principle. Free will proponents claim that we have free will and see this as contrary to determinism. There is […]

Read more from the Metaphysics category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: Comment. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

Freelancing

Written on March 17, 2009. Written by .

There are basically three ways to legally make money: you can be an employee, an entrepreneur, or a freelancer. From a moral point of view, these can be seen approximately as exploitee, exploiter, and the ideal worker (here I am using “entrepreneur” to mean someone who employs others). The concept of employment is inherently problematic. […]

Read more from the Ethics category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: Comment. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

Zen and Ego-persistence

Written on February 25, 2009. Written by .

To maximize expected subjective life quality, it is important to know what life is. We all have a notion of what our life is to us, but that notion may or may not be generally valid. In order to test the validity of our notions, we can apply them in the context of a thought […]

Read more from the Philosophy of Mind category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 3 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

The FDA: A case study for Paternalism

Written on February 15, 2009. Written by .

Apothecary Workbench Should the government protect us? Photo courtesy of cybjorg In a comment to the last post Dapper Dan raised the question of whether private enterprise could be an adequate substitute for America’s Food and Drug Administration. He presented an argument that threw doubt on the possibility that American citizens would produce demand for […]

Read more from the Political Philosophy category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 5 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

Anti-Libertarian Arguments

Written on February 8, 2009. Written by .

Fraser Delta Addressing anti-libertarian arguments. Photo courtesy of ecstaticist I would like to present the most popular arguments against libertarianism and show how my interpretation of geolibertarianism addresses them. The Paternalism Argument: People need to be protected from their own stupidity. A good example of this is the FDA. Most Americans seem to think that […]

Read more from the Political Philosophy category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 2 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

Initiation of Force vs. Victimization

Written on January 24, 2009. Written by .

New York Supreme Court Laying down the law. Photo courtesy of wallyg The term “initiation of force” comes up a lot in libertarian philosophy because it is the fundamental concept behind the non-agression principle, which states that the initiation of force is inherently illegitimate. Note that the word “initiation” is important because it allows the […]

Read more from the Ethics category. If you would like to leave a comment, click here: 2 Comments. or stay up to date with this post via RSS from your site.

« Previous PageNext Page »

© Copyright thrive by design - Powered by Wordpress - Designed by Speckyboy