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Philosophy

Books and Philosophy

I came upon some knowledge by accident the other day. I accompanied my fifteen year old to the public library so he could search for references on an essay he was writing about teenage hormones. He needed fifteen of them. After looking at about seven books we had all the information he needed. He was […]

Helping People

In 1993 I wanted to do something positive for the community. I was inspired by the idea of individuals helping out in their own neighborhoods to better things and I wanted to do some volunteer work. I ended up tutoring at this community-based organization where academically troubled students were being sent after school. I thought […]

Philosophy

I was at Waldenbooks yesterday (lest anyone think this is free publicity their Dostoevsky collection at the Meridian Mall outlet SUCKS!) and I made my selection. I decided to buy The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Nice Rack was nice enough to give me Atlas Shrugged so I’ve already read that one but I wanted to […]

Justice

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, a limb for a limb. That’s justice. If you kill me but for punishment you only get punched in your grill that means you got the sweet end of the deal. That is a system that encourages criminality. If you […]

Divergent Views

One of the best things about blogging is that you have to test your mettle (no, not metal TB, down boy!) Back in the old days if you thought you were smart or that you were upon Right Knowledge you could either just sit back and stew in your own brilliance or you had to […]

Faulty Premises

I’ve been re-reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and I’m surprised to have happened upon the answer to an ethical riddle. The question which was asked in philosophy class I sat in on once was “Is it ethical to kill one innocent person if in doing do you save the lives of ten other innocent […]

Thinking

Cogito, ergo sum. – Rene Descartes I think, therefore I am. When Descartes set forth this statement he was working off his premise that one should doubt everything until it is firmly established. He ended up being certain of only one thing which is encapsulated on the above statement. Little did he know his statement […]

In the Name of a Law

In the days before Christ there was a Jewish faction that was opposed to paying taxes to Rome. They were known as libertarians zealots and they considered it blasphemy to submit to a secular entity rather than God. They chose death over taxes and this is where we get the contemporary meaning for the term […]

Ayn Rand Misunderstood

I was on a message board where some Rational Objectivists were debating some slack jawed yokels who were making absurd attacks on Ayn Rand. It was apparant from their arguments that some of them were not familiar with her works at all and were arguing from second hand accounts of what they thought her philosophy […]

An Atlas Shrugged Exerpt

From Ayn Rand’s novel: “Whenever anyone accuses some person of being ‘unfeeling’, he means that that person is just. He means that that person has no causeless emotions and will not grant him a feeling which he does not deserve. He means that ‘to feel’ is to go against reason, against moral values, against reality. […]