Sunday, July 15, 2018

The JimFear138 Podcast Ep. 91 - Some Politics, Atlas Shrugged, & Objectivism

Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the podcast! This time I talk about some of the crazy developments in politics for a while, then get into a discussion of Atlas Shrugged as a book (from what I've read so far), then move from that into a discussion of Objectivism (Ayn Rand's philosophy). Hope y'all enjoy!

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  1. If you really are planning to dig into Kant, don't start with the "Critique of Pure Reason". Please consider reading Kant's "Prolegomena on Any Future Metaphysics", which Kant wrote when it turned out that "Critique" was too dense for most readers.

    Do your reading on the cheap at Gutenberg.

    Comic books: Steve Ditko was a Randian Objectivist. Here are a couple items ( 1 ) and ( 2 ) you should read if you're a comic fan. Ebay is a good alternative if you refuse to give DC your money.

    Do your research, but I think you'll find that Objectivism divorced from Christianity devolves into Utilitarianism. There are many historical examples of where that leads.

    1. Thanks, I'll definitely take a look at Prolegomena as well. Admittedly I'm not all that familiar with philosophy, so I have a lot of reading to do on the subject.

      And I saw Razorfist's tribute to Ditko and I really wanna get ahold of some of his independent stuff to kind of see where he was going with integrating philosophy into his art. I'll definitely look into grabbing those, I'm always down for new comics to read anyway.

      I'm still very, very new at this whole "Objectivism" thing. At this point I'm just kind of trying it on and walking it down the street to see how it goes, and it honestly makes a lot of sense and was the philosophical direction I'd been trending on my own without really knowing it. Rand just tied it all together and gave it a firm base to build a system of ethics and morals on. From what I understand Objectivism can be nothing but divorced from Christianity because Objectivism is based in a atheistic worldview because there's no direct evidence for God beyond testimony and the Bible. If God appeared in Time Square tomorrow and started laying things out then He would become apart of Objectivism because then he would have been proven to exist, but that kind of negates faith which would turn Christianity (or whatever religion) into fact instead of faith at that point.

      I really like that Rand's philosophy starts from observable reality and moves onto human rights being requirements for life, therefore things like speech and property are rights, and delineates all this in a moral fashion without the need to appeal to a higher authority than reason, which is just a tool of our cognition, no higher power required. But, like I said, I really need to do more reading, and I am definitely open to counterarguments. Likesay this isn't something I'm adopting, I'm not an Objectivist now. It's just something I found out about that's been very, very interesting to me over the past few weeks.

    2. [This may be a repost--Blogger eating comments.]

      Understood. Independent Ditko works, such as Mr.A and Avenging World, can be found here:

      Worth the time and money.