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Ayn Rand Diet Plan: Fad Diets, Fat-acceptance Are Anti-Reality

“A is A. All the pain has come from the effort to evade the fact that A is A.” ayn rand diet plan exercise reality checkThese are the

Apr 8, 2016
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Jennifer A. Grossman
3 Mins
Objective Reality - An Atlas University Conversation

May 13, 2014 -- Why do many philosophers deny the existence of objective reality? In this conversation David Kelley and William R Thomas dis

Mar 24, 2015
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David Kelley
2 Mins
Objectivity: Metaphysical and Epistemological

What does it mean to be objective? David Kelley discusses the relation of the objective, the intrinsic, and the subjective. He discusses

Jul 24, 2014
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David Kelley
1 Min
Fatal Vision, Joe McGinniss, and Stalking the Criminal Mind

The American author Joe McGinniss died March 10. He was certainly not an Objectivist, nor a libertarian. But he was a superb writer, and..

Mar 18, 2014
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David Kelley
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Minecraft, Video Games, and Objectivist Values

Thanksgiving evening at home — snow on the ground outside, the hum of the dishwasher in the kitchen, half-eaten pies on the counter. The ...

Dec 10, 2013
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Objective Reality | Atlas University

In this 30-minute presentation, philosopher and author David Kelley covers the essentials of the Objectivist view of metaphysical

Sep 29, 2013
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David Kelley
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What is the Objectivist View of Reality (Metaphysics)?

Objectivism holds that there is one reality, the one in which we live. It is self-evident that reality exists and is what it is; our job is

Apr 5, 2011
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William Thomas
9 Mins
Nietzsche's Metaphysics and Epistemology

It is no easy task trying to understand what Nietzsche’s views on metaphysics and epistemology are. Beyond getting past Nietzsche’s manner..

Mar 8, 2011
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Shawn E. Klein
5 Mins
Response by Shawn Klein

Will Thomas’s review essay captures much of the essence of this very difficult Derrida piece. I especially appreciated his comments on decon

Feb 28, 2011
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Shawn E. Klein
4 Mins
Response by Jamie Mellway

This commentary is part of The Atlas Society's 1999 online "CyberSeminar" entitled " The Continental Origins of Postmodernism ."

Feb 27, 2011
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Jamie Mellway
2 Mins
Determinism in The Fountainhead?

Ayn Rand wrote out the passages that Leonard Peikoff cites in The Fountainhead , Centennial Edition (728–732) in her journals from late...

Jan 25, 2011
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Death

Objectivism holds that there is no "supernatural" world. For more on this, see our Q&A on Religion and our Q&A on metaphysics...

Jan 25, 2011
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Free Will and Determinism

That we have free will is self-evident. You chose to write this question. Indeed, most fundamentally, you chose to think about it. This is

Jan 25, 2011
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2 Mins
Free Will and Causality

Objectivism does not have a “strict physicalist doctrine.” It merely holds that whatever exists exists, has identity, and has causal powers

Jan 25, 2011
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2 Mins
Agnosticism and the Unknown: Round Two

You are right that Newton was not in a position to say in detail whether atoms or sub-atomic particles existed. We, like Newton, have plenty

Jan 23, 2011
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Atheism--Pascal's Wager

Objectivism is an atheistic philosophy because there is neither a coherent concept of what God would be nor are any of the arguments offered

Jan 23, 2011
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2 Mins
Axioms and the A-Priori

I am not a Kantian, nor an expert on Kantianism. But the common understanding of "a-priori" is knowledge that can be established prior to...

Jan 23, 2011
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2 Mins
Agnosticism and Proof

Consider what it would take to try to prove that there is no such thing as a supernatural realm. What evidence would you cite to prove that

Jan 23, 2011
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Andrew Bissell
3 Mins
Agnosticism and the Unknown

I hope you have read D. Moskovitz's answer on agnosticism. If not, you can find it here .You are right: we will never be omniscient. And

Jan 23, 2011
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2 Mins
What is the Objectivist View of Free Will?

Objectivism holds that man has free will. In every moment, many courses of action are open to us; whichever action we take, we could equally

Jun 29, 2010
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