Chart: The Structure of Objectivism
Posted 12 February 2006 - 11:26 AM
Since I am a visual learner and make charts for a living, I created this illustration based on what I have learned so far to help my own understanding of Objectivism. As far as I know it has not been actually been reduced to an easy to understand visual so this is my attempt at doing just that. Comments?
Posted 12 February 2006 - 11:54 AM
On my first reading, I can see a need for a couple changes or corrections: i) Psycho-epistemology and volition are not purely epistemological. I would put them as 'bullets' under the Nature of Man; ii) in the space vacated under epistemology, I would add these bullets: conceptual thinking & propositional thinking; iii) Esthetics is not an offshoot exclusively of Ethics, so I would replace the line to Ethics with a line to the Nature of Man; iv) Metaphysics -- I would add two more bullets: Causality & Metaphysical Dualism (dualism is the view that the universe has two phenomena, neither one reducible to the other: matter & consciousness -- as opposed to metaphyisical monism, such as idealism or materialism which says there is only one 'substance' in the universe).
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:42 PM
the chart monkey
Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:46 AM
I congratulate Kat for employing visual learning tools to convey "the big picture" and encourage her to do more of this type of work. I know it drives some people batty, but as an engineer, I love it!
Posted 15 February 2006 - 12:50 PM
One suggestion for now: once you're happy that your diagram is how you want it, in its final form, you might consider offering it to David Kelley and Will Thomas for inclusion in their forthcoming (?) book The Logical Structure of Objectivism.
For that matter, you might want to go to the TOC website and see if you can find the BETA version (or whatever's available) of their manuscript and see to what extent your diagram is consistent with their own development of O'ism's logical structure. You might even have some ideas for improving their treatment!
Posted 15 February 2006 - 10:32 PM
I am extremely proud of you. Keep up the good work and think deeply about what these wise people on this thread have told you. You are putting together something of lasting value for Objectivism. (Kisssssss...)
Luke, it is great to see you here. I hope you enjoy our little group and contribute from time to time. If I had known you would have been seduced so easily by a chart, I would have had Kat do one a long time ago. (I should have known, anyway...)
Posted 16 February 2006 - 06:48 AM
It's great to see you here, Luke. I know you are a chart monkey like me and can appreciate the fine art of information graphic design. I have a revision in the works and will post it soon. I have two subcategories in the new one. I don't know if adding a subcategory for rights between ethics and politics is orthodox Objectivism, but it seems to be more important than simply a bullet point under politics. I incorporating some of Phil's suggestions and also connecting the subcategory, the nature of man, to ethics as well. More connections. More integration. Applying Objectivism to living in the real world is what I am trying to get across visually. Again, I welcome ideas.
I also like the idea of presenting it to TOC. I would love to contribute something like this to David Kelley's next book. I wonder if he even remembers me. We met briefly a few months ago. Thanks, Roger, for that idea. I will get in touch.
Posted 16 February 2006 - 12:38 PM
It's an overview, something desperately needed. If I recall, Kelley already has a huge monster chart in the LSO which looks like the tracks of the entire New York City subway system. So don't try to duplicate that or let all the long-winded academic geeks overcomplicate you...LSO's type of chart is what LSO needs--it's a more academic, detailed book intended to cover every nuance of Objectivism.
Yours is what the average person (and even the intellectual) needs: Your chart is a big picture outline with just enough detail. (I can see that you're a professional at knowing how to do visuals.)
Don't make the mistake of adding a lot of crap.
Posted 01 March 2006 - 02:21 PM
You know, the more I look at this, the more I like it.
Anybody have any more suggestions? I am thinking of a dotted line (to denote secondary connection) between politics and esthetics, mainly mentioning freedom of speech, economics and group art forms (performing arts).
Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:23 PM
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