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What are some common confusions about Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism? In this talk, I briefly survey Ayn Rand’s basic principles, then explore six common but false views about her, namely: (1) Ayn Rand was primarily concerned with politics. (2) Ayn Rand was an elitist: she despised everyone except super-high achievers. (3) Ayn Rand’s ethics tells people to do whatever the heck they feel like doing. (4) Ayn Rand supported charity: she just thought it should be voluntary. (5) Ayn Rand’s advocacy of reason and logic excludes any concern for emotions. (6) Ayn Rand’s ideas are compatible with belief in God and Christianity. This talk was given to the Free Minds Film Festival on 8 October 2011.
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- Duration: 46:52
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- Tags: Charity, Christianity, Elitism, Epistemology, Ethics, Hedonism, Metaphysics, Objectivism, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Subjectivism
- Why care about the myths about Ayn Rand’s ideas
- Ayn Rand’s views on politics, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics
- Myth #1: Ayn Rand was primarily concerned with politics
- Myth #2: Ayn Rand was an elitist: she despised everyone except super-high achievers
- Myth #3: Ayn Rand’s ethics tells people to do whatever the heck they feel like doing
- Myth #4: Ayn Rand supported charity: she just thought it should be voluntary
- Myth #5: Ayn Rand’s advocacy of reason and logic excludes any concern for emotions
- Myth #6: Ayn Rand’s ideas are compatible with belief in God and Christianity
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