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The Objective Standard: Fall 2012, Vol. 7, No. 3
     

The Objective Standard: Fall 2012, Vol. 7, No. 3

by Craig Biddle
 
This issue includes: "Ayn Rand: America's Comeback Philosopher" (Craig Biddle), "Religion Versus Morality" (Andrew Bernstein), "The Role of Religion in the Scientific Revolution" (Frederick Seiler), "Curt Levey on the Supreme Court and the Presidential Race," "Robert Zubrin on the Scourge of Antihumanism," "Political 'Left' and 'Right' Properly Defined" (Craig Biddle)

Overview

This issue includes: "Ayn Rand: America's Comeback Philosopher" (Craig Biddle), "Religion Versus Morality" (Andrew Bernstein), "The Role of Religion in the Scientific Revolution" (Frederick Seiler), "Curt Levey on the Supreme Court and the Presidential Race," "Robert Zubrin on the Scourge of Antihumanism," "Political 'Left' and 'Right' Properly Defined" (Craig Biddle), "Romney-Ryan 2012—Ayn Rand Forever" (Craig Biddle), and additional essays and book reviews.

The Objective Standard is a quarterly journal of culture and politics written from an Objectivist perspective (Objectivism being Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism). The journal is based on the idea that for every human concern—from personal matters to foreign policy, from the sciences to the arts, from education to legislation—there are demonstrably objective standards by reference to which we can assess what is true or false, good or bad, right or wrong. The purpose of the journal is to analyze and evaluate ideas, trends, events, and policies accordingly.

We maintain that the standards of both knowledge and value derive from the facts of reality; that truth is discovered only by means of reason (i.e., through observation and logic); that the factual requirements of man’s life on earth determine his moral values; that the selfish pursuit of one’s own life-serving goals is virtuous; and that individual rights are moral principles defining the fundamental requirements of a civilized society.

We stand opposed to the notion that the standards of knowledge and value are not factual but subjective (feeling-based) or other-worldly (faith-based); that truth is ultimately dictated by majority opinion or a “supernatural” being’s will; that democratic consensus or “God’s word” determines what is moral; that sacrifice for “the common good” or in obedience to “God’s commands” is virtuous; and that rights are social conventions or “divine decrees.”

In stark contrast to these philosophic approaches, ours is a philosophy of reality, reason, egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015882186
Publisher:
The Objective Standard
Publication date:
10/25/2012
Series:
The Objective Standard , #27
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
116
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Craig Biddle is the editor of The Objective Standard and the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, a highly concretized, systematic introduction to Ayn Rand’s ethics. He is currently writing a book, which is tentatively titled Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness, about how to use one’s mind in the service of one’s life, liberty, and happiness. In addition to writing, he lectures and teaches seminars on ethical and epistemological issues from an Objectivist perspective. Mr. Biddle has lectured and taught seminars at universities across the country, including Stanford, Duke, Tufts, UVA, UCLA, UW–Madison, and NYU. He regularly lectures at Objectivist conferences as well. His website is www.CraigBiddle.com.

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