Objectivism and the Corruption of Rationality
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- Full Title: Objectivism and the Corruption of Rationality: A Critique of Ayn Rand's Epistemology
- Author(s): Scott Ryan
- Year Published: 2003
- Publisher: iUniverse.com (Writers Club Press imprint)
- Publication Type: Self/Vanity
- ISBN-10: 0-595-26733-5 (paperback)
- Description: An extensive critique of Rand's epistemology, with forays into other areas, such as her meta-ethics. Ryan says that he is "arguing for a revival of rationalistic idealism in general, and for a renewed look at the philosophy of Brand Blanshard in particular."
- Introduction: Why Critique Ayn Rand's Epistemology
- Chapter 1: The (Genuine) Problem of Universals
- Chapter 2: The Optical Illusion of Objectivism
- Chapter 3: Sensation, Perception, and the Tabula Rasa Mind
- Chapter 4: The Mind's Activity in Concept-Formation: Universals, Units, and Natural Kinds
- Chapter 5: Rand's Theory of Measurement Omission
- Chapter 6: Concepts, Propositions, and Truth
- Chapter 7: Universals, Particulars, and Direct Realism
- Chapter 8: Two Views of Reason
- Chapter 9: Axioms and Concepts
- Chapter 10: The Correspondence Theory of Truth
- Chapter 11: The "Primacy of Existence" vs. the "Primacy of Consciousness"
- Chapter 12: Values and Volition: The Objectivist Ethics
- Chapter 13: The Tale of the Self-Preceding Man
- Appendix: Theism, Rationalism, and Objective Idealism
- Book Homepage, includes the complete text available for online browsing
The following perspectives on this book are available online:
- Review by Greg S. Nyquist in the Machiavel Review (reviews the original, online version of this book)
- Review by Bob Wallace for LewRockwell.com
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