The Objective Standard: Spring 2014, Vol. 9, No. 1

The Objective Standard: Spring 2014, Vol. 9, No. 1

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The Spring 2014 edition of The Objective Standard features "A Peek at Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness" (Craig Biddle), "Aristotle Versus Religion" (Andrew Bernstein), and "Answering Sam Harris's 'Moral Landscape Challenge'" (Ari Armstrong). The issue also features reviews of the books "Free Market Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader" (by Steven Kates), Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame (by Diana Hsieh), and "The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty (by Timothy Sandefur).

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: 2940149332441
Publisher: The Objective Standard
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: The Objective Standard , #33
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 92
File size: 2 MB

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