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#61 BaalChatzaf

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 09:10 AM

Bob. I kind of think you are barking up the wrong tree here. Do you knowwww of Stephen's background in mathematics and physics?
To say he has one of the keenest minds on the entire planet would be an understatement.

I am well aware of that.  Half the books in my library are there because Stephen recommended them


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 11:00 AM

I have a friend that asked for help moving once(also named Bob). I thought " how hard could it be?" He lives like a hermit doesn't even own a T.V. and sleeps on a cot! He had a bunch of books mostly.
Thennnn he took me to his storage unit. It was fully 12' long lined with book shelves in both sides and a double row in the middle. All of them 8' tall and packkkked! I thought I had walked into the lost vault of Alexandria!
Somehow I think your library might be bigger!
He actually gave me a spare copy of Hobbes -Leviathan, a book on Mendelbrot fractals illustrated in nature, Market wizards, as well as Aristotle, and a few others for helping him out.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 12:32 PM

Every four feet is 2000 books, max.

 

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 08:20 PM

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On 27 December, ARS will have a session on the topic The Moral Basis of Capitalism: Adam Smith, the Austrians, and Ayn Rand. Presenters will be James Otteson, Peter Boettke, and Yaron Brook. The session will be chaired by James Lennox. The session will be 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown. Admission is registration, which unfortunately is steep if you’re not a member of APA.* The papers in this session will join earlier ARS papers in a future ARS book dealing with Rand’s political philosophy.

 

A couple dozen people attended the session. Greg Salmieri writes:

The papers were followed by a lively and far-ranging discussion, which included topics such as the relation between Rand’s morality and Aristotle’s, and the respective roles of empirical data and abstract argument in assessing moral and economic theories.

 

I am also pleased to report that our session at next year’s APA Eastern will concern racism and related issues, and that one of our panelists will be Jason D. Hill (De Paul University), whom some of you may know from his interesting article in Salon last year about Rand’s influence on his life.

 



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 12:51 PM

At the end of August, a new book by Tara Smith will be published by Cambridge Press. Its title is Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

 

From the publisher:

How should courts interpret the law? While all agree that courts must be objective, people differ sharply over what this demands in practice: fidelity to the text? To the will of the people? To certain moral ideals? In Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System, Tara Smith breaks through the false dichotomies inherent in dominant theories - various forms of Originalism, Living Constitutionalism, and Minimalism - to present a new approach to judicial review. She contends that we cannot assess judicial review in isolation from the larger enterprise of which it is a part. By providing careful clarification of both the function of the legal system as well as of objectivity itself, she produces a compelling, firmly grounded account of genuinely objective judicial review. Smith's innovative approach marks a welcome advance for anyone interested in legal objectivity and individual rights.

 

This book is not a project of ARS, but I think this is a sensible place for this notice. Prof. Smith is a scholar of Ayn Rand's philosophy. Her earlier books have been the subject for a couple of ARS sessions.



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 01:12 PM

Thank you Stephen...

 

Any pre-publication reviews?

 

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"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice..and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

#67 Stephen Boydstun

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Posted 09 July 2015 - 02:01 PM

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Not yet. Some of her thinking about Originalism can be previewed here.



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Posted 09 July 2015 - 02:20 PM

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Not yet. Some of her thinking about Originalism can be previewed here.

 

Great title, Milton and I used to call it Fric and Frac law...


"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice..and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 07:50 PM

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An audio interview of Greg Salmieri yesterday by Elucidations at the University of Chicago on the topic of Ayn Rand’s moral philosophy is here.



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:03 AM

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Christine Swanton, who has made presentations at three sessions of The Ayn Rand Society, has a new book:

 

Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche

(Wiley 2015)

 

In the forthcoming third number in the series Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies, Prof. Swanton contributes the chapter: “Virtue of Creativity and Productivity, Moral Theory, and Human Nature.” The title of this third number is Ayn Rand and Aristotle: Philosophical and Historical Studies.






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