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Thursday
February 2, 2006
Objectivism
An Objectivist-Christian Dialogue
by Neil Parille
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There has not been, to the best of my knowledge, Christian-Objectivist dialogue.  I offer two areas in which dialogue would be fruitful in the narrow sense of helping to clarify opposing ideas.  (Read more...)
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Thursday
January 5, 2006
Objectivism
The Ethics and Methodology of Capitalism
by Neil Parille
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A review of Edward Younkins' Philosophers of Capitalism: Mises, Menger, Rand, and Beyond (Read more...)
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Thursday
November 3, 2005
Commentary
Was Ayn Rand a Conservative?
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand, as we know, did not consider herself a conservative. She called herself a “radical for capitalism.” In addition, many of her views were contrary to those of mainstream conservatism. She was an atheist and a fierce critic of religion. At the same time, the occasional references to Rand as a conservative call for explanation.  (Read more...)
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Saturday
June 25, 2005
Objectivism
Totalism in the Philosophy of Ayn Rand
by Neil Parille
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Even Ayn Rand’s critics concede that she is an exciting writer.  Philosophy, often seen as one of the driest subjects, comes alive for her readers.  I would suggest that one of the reasons for this is what has been called her “totalism.”  (Read more...)
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Friday
March 11, 2005
Objectivism
Ayn Rand's Philosophical Style: A Brief Introduction
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand is a forceful and engaging writer who compels her readers to see the consequences of holding certain ideas.  In spite of certain weaknesses in her style, she has encouraged millions to take up the study of philosophy.  (Read more...)
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Saturday
December 25, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand Among The Religious
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand has been the target of several critiques by religious writers.  This article surveys some of the better known ones. (Read more...)
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Monday
November 29, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand and Apriorism
by Neil Parille
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[Editor's note: it was a marginal decision whether to post this as an article or as a contribution to the Dissent board. In the end I opted for the former, even though the second sentence below could scarcely be more wrong. I suggest readers take the article as a totality & "chew" it in the scholarly spirit in which it is offered. Linz]

Ayn Rand sought to preserve the best elements of empiricism and rationalism.  Nonetheless, her commitment to empiricism and rejection of a priori insight make it difficult to justify any knowledge at all.  A reflectionist view of the apriori is compatible with her metaphysics and should be considered. (Read more...)

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Wednesday
September 15, 2004
Objectivism
A Common Thread: Anti-Egalitarianism in Objectivism, Conservatism, and Libertarianism
by Neil Parille
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There is a common thread of anti-egalitarianism in Objectivism, Conservatism, and Libertarianism.  This is illustrated by an examination of certain writings of Russell Kirk, Ayn Rand, and Murray Rothbard.  (Read more...)
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Friday
September 3, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand: Optimist or Pessimist?
by Neil Parille
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Although Ayn Rand has an optimistic view of man and human reason, there are pessimistic elements to her thought as well. (Read more...)
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Saturday
July 10, 2004
Objectivism
Ayn Rand and Evolution
by Neil Parille
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Ayn Rand discusses evolution a few times, but never mentioned Charles Darwin. Two major summaries of Rand’s thought, The Ayn Rand Lexicon and Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, are silent. This essay will review some of Rand’s references to evolution and suggest reasons for Rand’s apparent hesitancy. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 29, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 4 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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"RELIGION AND ITS ROLE IN HISTORY" continued, "CONCLUSION", and "REFERENCES". (Read more...)
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Monday
December 22, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 3 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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"RELIGION AND ITS ROLE IN HISTORY" and the first part of "WHAT IS WRONG WITH RELIGION?" (Read more...)
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Monday
December 15, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 2 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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The rest of the "ATHEISM, RELIGION, AND MYSTICISM" section. (Read more...)
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Monday
December 8, 2003
Objectivism
Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion (Part 1 of 4)
by Neil Parille
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A 4-part paper that discusses Ayn Rand's view of religion. (Read more...)
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