Open Thread #372

 Posted by on 9 December 2012 at 12:00 pm  Open Thread
Dec 092012

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  • Jack

    Here is a challenge to Objectivism. I think the criticisms he makes are interesting. I’d like to see Diana or someone answer them.

    But the individual does not exist in a void. He is part of and is formed by a multidimensional reality larger than himself. So, on one hand, the individual must asset himself against his environment, in order to discover and to become who he is. On the other hand, the individual participates in and indeed derives his very being from that environment. But to ideologists like the Randians this actual complexity of reality is anathema. If you grant any reality and value to the collective aspect of existence as distinct from the individual aspect, you’re the same as a Communist.

    How can Randians grasp society in this sense? They cannot. Because for them, the only thing society can legitimately be is a group of individual organized solely for the protection of individual rights. Any assertion that the society has a valid reality larger than the sum of its individual members is the moral equivalent of Nazism and Communism, blah blah blah.

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