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In Topic: embarrassed

30 August 2014 - 02:55 PM

It may not fix anything at all, but it touches on PDS's remarks in #3.

In Topic: embarrassed

30 August 2014 - 02:43 PM

The current generation of Objectivists is getting around to it, as Rand hoped they would. The conference presentations at http://www.aynrandso...g/past-programs show several sessions on law-related topics from 2009 on:


- The Normative Foundations of Intellectual Property: Two Perspectives

- Rand and Punishment (unless this is about her kinky sex scenes)

- The Philosophic Basis of the Separation of Church and State: Theory and History

- Capitalism, Limited Government, and Morality

- Rand and Nozick: Moral, Social and Political Thought

- Ayn Rand's Theory of Rights


Most or all of these are in preparation for a forthcoming volume on political philosophy in the Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies series (http://www.aynrandsociety.org/publications). The big Objectivist names in this field are Adam Mosoff (http://www.law.gmu.edu/faculty/directory/fulltime/mossoff_adam) at George Mason University law school and David Mayer at Capitol University (http://law.capital.edu/FacultyBio.aspx?ID=22633). These pages link to publication lists.


(Rand also said that a serious theory of music awaited greater physiological knowledge. Has anyone heard of progress on this front?)

In Topic: OFFICIAL OBJECTIVISM - Nathaniel Branden

29 August 2014 - 08:56 PM

Who...[cares] what Ayn or Nathaniel said first?




You do.  You set out to catalog Rand's acknowledgements of Branden, which is a worthwhile task.  I proposed some improvements.  You don't have to adopt them.


Some of the actual passages you request are:

- For psychological mirroring you already quoted them.  For Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 8:4 1166a30; books 8 and 9 generally.

- For the stolen concept, Branden quotes the relevant passage in his article.  I don't have a page number.

- For Barbara Branden's statement, a list of her posts to RoR is available at rebirthofreason.com/Articles/Branden.  The particular quote would take some searching.


Actually anyone interested in getting Objectivism's history straight cares about these questions and welcomes efforts such as yours.


I don't have the CDs.  I hope you find them.

In Topic: OFFICIAL OBJECTIVISM - Nathaniel Branden

29 August 2014 - 07:41 PM

Some historical notes:


The passages from Atlas Shrugged on psychological visibility that you quote in #3 came several years before Branden invoked the notion, so they can't be acknowledgements of his work.  The idea actually comes from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, as Branden himself noted.


The stolen concept likewise appeared in Atlas Shrugged before Branden wrote or lectured about it, and he points this out in his 1963 article.


Barbara Branden seems to be the coiner of "psycho-epistemology".  She said this either here or on RoR several years ago, and she treated the topic at length in her Efficient Thinking lectures at NBI in 1960, the year before Rand used it in For the New Intellectual and three years before NB's article.

In Topic: Are There Common Elements Of Objectivism In Jainism?

27 August 2014 - 12:57 PM

Though I haven't listened to the video, I recall that Sowell, Gilder and other libertarians have noted India's long traditions of learning, enterprise and saving which have helped emigrants to do well all over the world, including the US. Friedman once remarked, well before the deregulation of recent decades, that India was on its way to becoming the only country in the world not benefiting from these traditions.

Sowell (I think) notes that Indians came to South Africa as slaves and, as Coloureds, lived under halfway apartheid for most of the twentieth century but have prospered anyway; they are wealthier on the average than whites.

This is interesting in light of Rand's habit of citing India as the paradigm of the destructive effects of mysticism.