Monday, June 24, 2002

TWO CRITIQUES of Leonard Peikoff's Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. Objectivist Diana Hsieh takes on Peikoff's discussion of honesty (poke around on her site for her own treatments of honesty and self-interest), and non-Objectivist The Chickpea Eater teethes a bit on issues of survival, causality, emotions, and "living death."

[edited to add that the Chickpea Eater is going strong: a post on survival and happiness, the Fall of Man, and Randian redefinitions. The last point is esp. worthwhile--Rand's/Peikoff's redefinitions of terms like "altruism," "pride," "humility," "happiness" etc. can make it almost impossible for Objectivists to communicate with non-Objectivists, especially Christians. Both sides start assuming the other side is arguing in bad faith, since the words being used don't seem to match up to the meanings being implied, and both sides assume the other side is willfully misunderstanding the points they're trying to make.]

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