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      Major Update to OL (please click to open)   02/09/2016

      Sorry for the inconvenience, but we had to update OL and there have been some serious changes made by IPB. The real bad news is that they had to merge User Names and Display Names. This meant that I had to choose between bad and bad. I opted to keep the log-on information the same, so you can get on OL like you always did, but now your User Name is displayed. If your User Name and Display Name were the same, you will not feel the change. If they were different, you are probably irritated right now. I will figure out how you can change this so you can revert to the Display Name you used before if you like, however this may entail a change in how you log-on. The good news is that OL is now searchable from the very beginning. This means all the old posts from the A-Team in Objectivism (and everybody else) will finally show up when you search for something. I will keep changing this announcement as we adapt to these new changes. It's a pain, I know, but after looking around the backend for a bit, I believe the benefits will far, far outweigh the current irritation. They changed things in a hamhanded way and I don't like that, but I can't do anything about it. Benefit-wise, they actually did a good job, so please bear with us. In addition to this change, many good things are coming over time. You are the reason OL exists and I am sorry you have to go through this. Think of it like birth pangs... (All right, all right, that's forcing it.  ) Michael

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  1. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    I'm not an expert on the history of German philosophy (and most reactions to Kant during his life, and on through the next generation, came from other Germans). But very roughly: There were critics who considered him anti-reason and anti-Enlightenment. There were critics who basically didn't think he was anti-reason or anti-Enlightenment enough. I'm reasonably sure that any atheist critic of Kant would have said that he was trying to save theistic religious belief and its associated morality—but not specifically the Lutheran state church in Prussia—from philosophical or scientific challenge. The nastiest German haters of Jews had not yet come up with mass extermination via gas chambers, so I'm pretty confident no one was accusing him, in 1785 or 1825, of being behind anything like that. Robert Campbell
  2. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    "I have found it necessary to limit reason, in order to make room for faith," in the Norman Kemp Smith translation. The rest of the sentence is not usually quoted (and I don't have The Critique of Pure Reason in front of me), but it refers to "that unbelief, always very dogmatic, which makes war on morality." Robert Campbell
  3. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    As far as I've been able to determine, Rand had never heard of Auguste Comte (and rarely referred to altruism) until Isabel Paterson mentioned him to her. She got a lot of her intellectual grounding in political theory, sociology, and economics from Pat. I've heard it said that Leonard Read taught her economics. But she'd already met Isabel Paterson... Robert Campbell
  4. What About Bill Cosby?

    Of course Gloria Allred wouldn't go near Kathleen Willey. Any more than the national leadership of NOW wanted their Los Angeles chapter out in the streets protesting the O. J. Simpson verdict. Allred sees favorable publicity, not to mention previously undreamed of sums of money should Bill Cosby fall for her ploy. It doesn't seem to have occurred to her how her tactic could be used against Bill Clinton. Robert Campbell
  5. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    The NBI Book Service used to offer the McKeon volume. It would be interesting to know whether Rand read the whole thing. It isn't the complete surviving works of Aristotle—not even close—but it is quite long. Robert Campbell
  6. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    Ayn Rand's recollection of taking a course from Nikolai Onufrievich Lossky is a most peculiar thing. It seems to be her only publicly reported recollection that the Peikovians desperately want to believe was mistaken. Even more peculiarly, none of them appeared to care one way or the other about Lossky or Vvedensky or whoeverofsky—until Chris Sciabarra put forward the thesis that Rand was a dialectical philosopher, and Lossky's ideas might have been among those that inspired her. Robert Campbell
  7. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    Neil, Kant did include God and the immortality of the soul among his "ideas of pure reason." It is also true that he took a dim view of prayer. Robert Campbell
  8. What About Bill Cosby?

    What? No comments yet about Gloria Allred's generous offer to Bill Cosby? I guess the Ghomeshi case is a spellbinder.... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/12/26/will_allred_offer_the_cosby_deal_to_the_clintons_125069.html Robert Campbell
  9. Is There A Story Here? What Is It?

    The headline's click-bait for sure. The article rambles so badly, it borders on incoherence. For instance, the Colorado judge rule in Diana Hsieh's case? I suspect not, but from the way the piece is written I can't tell. The Institute for Justice has gone after Colorado's campaign finance laws, so I'd consider them a legitimate target. Texas's, just as much if not more. But Cassidy fails to make the relevant connections with any clarity. Robert Campbell
  10. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    Michael, It's hard to read Twilight of the Idols and not find a close foreshadowing of some of Ayn Rand's animadversions on Kant. Robert Campbell
  11. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    It's unfortunate that anything like a full transcript of Rand's oral history interviews (with Nathaniel and Barbara Branden) has never been made available. And, apparently, won't be any time soon. According to Jennifer Burns, for whom this was not a central concern, Rand in those interviews credits Leonard Peikoff with alerting her to the importance of Immanuel Kant, and the dangers his philosophy posed. It would be nice to know exactly what she said, because Burns does not quote from these portions of the interviews—and most likely could not have gotten permission to use such quotations in her book. Peikoff never cites these statements. He couldn't, because to take credit for influencing Rand's thinking on much of anything in philosophy would undermine his status as a pure conduit for her thought, on which he paradoxically grounds his unique authority to hex the Pentateuch and insert his own latter-day writings into the Objectivist corpus. The Peikovian myth is that Rand spoke, Peikoff listened, and Peikoff tried to remember. I do know from my work on Rand's Q and A sessions that a 1962 answer, part of a radio interview following an abridged broadcast of "The Objectivist Ethics," was left out of Robert Mayhew's rewritten compilation. I'm reasonably sure it was left out because the answer indicates that in 1962 Rand did not understand Kant's moral philosophy very well—and definitely didn't understand it the way Peikoff did. See "The Rewriting of Ayn Rand's Spoken Answers" http://myweb.clemson.edu/~campber/rewritingrand.pdf specifically pages 128-130. Robert Campbell
  12. Where Ayn Rand Learned a Lot of Philosophy

    I don't recall Leonard Peikoff mentioning Fuller's book in his lectures on the history of philosophy. He mentioned Wilhelm Windelband, more than once, and said he had studied Windelband's 2-volume history very closely (spending 45 minutes on each side of a page). He did not say that Rand had read Windelband. When he got to Kant, he mentioned reading the Critique of Pure Reason with the help of a commentary by H. J. Paton (Kant's Metaphysic of Experience). Paton also published a once widely read commentary on Kant's moral philosophy (The Categorical Imperative). Robert Campbell
  13. Sony Caves to North Korea

    Limited release now on "The Interview." When the Steve Carrell movie is uncanceled I'll take Hollywood's resolve seriously. Robert Campbell
  14. What About Bill Cosby?

    Brant, A testable prediction. You may be right. My guess is that the UVA allegation may be consigned to the memory hole (every follow-up on it has made things look worse for it), but there will be another move against Cosby. Robert Campbell
  15. the new warfare...

    Serious retaliation would entail taking out North Korea's closed internal network: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/23/us-northkorea-cyberattack-outage-idUSKBN0K10HN20141223 Robert Campbell