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Like any consistent materialism, this one begins by rejecting God, religion, original sin, etc. etc. (This book's aggressive atheism and rather unbuttoned "higher morality," which chiefly outrage some readers, are, in fact, secondary ripples, and result inevitably from its underpinning premises.) Thus, Randian Man, like Marxian Man, is made the center of a godless world.
posted on 04/16/2011 10:54:24 AM PDT
((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
The one area where I had a problem with A.S. and Rand was the atheist perspective and condemnation of organized religion. However, when organized religion is not viewed as meaning Christian, but rather Muslim (as in radical) her position takes on an entirely different (and more legitimate?) perspective. And as Whitacre observes, Rand does see things as black and white, and if religion is taken to an extreme (as in radical fundamentalist Islam) her position would hold up.
posted on 04/16/2011 11:08:47 AM PDT
Thank you for pointing this out.
posted on 04/16/2011 12:25:31 PM PDT
("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
posted on 04/16/2011 6:45:09 PM PDT
(Islam is as Islam does)
Excellent, perceptive analysis, by Chambers.
Miss Rand acknowledges a grudging debt to one, and only one, earlier philosopher: Aristotle. I submit that she is indebted, and much more heavily, to Nietzche.
I had come to the conclusion that she never read Aristotle. She didn't exemplify any relationship to "the master of common sense."
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