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Woman in Blue (Michael Newberry, 1981)

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Submitted by Newberry on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:35
Woman in Blue (Michael Newberry, 1981)
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Thanks Olivia! Yes, I was — by Newberry on Fri, 2008-10-24 00:14
Mark: "I remain suspicious — by Newberry on Thu, 2008-10-23 23:33
Michael... — by Olivia on Thu, 2008-10-23 22:49

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Esthetics

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Woman in Blue, Michael Newberry, 1981

What is Esthetics?

Esthetics is the study of art. It includes what art consists of, as well as the purpose behind it. Does art consist of music, literature, and painting? Or does it include a good engineering solution, or a beautiful sunset? These are the questions that aimed at in esthetics. It also studies methods of evaluating art, and allows judgments of the art. Is art in the eye of the beholder? Does anything that appeals to you fit under the umbrella of art? Or does it have a specific nature? Does it accomplish a goal?


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Politics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:26

What is Politics?

Politics is ethics applied to a group of people.

Why is this Important?

Politics tells you how a society must be set up and how one should act within a society. Except for hermits, this comes up a lot.

What is a rational Politics?

The requirement for a political system is that the individuals within that system are allowed to fully function according to their nature. If that's not the case, they will either rebel, as in Czarist Russia, or the system will eventually collapse, as in Communist Russia.

Reason is man's prime means of survival. A human being can not survive in an environment where reason is ineffective, and will thrive or starve to a degree in proportion to the effectiveness of reason. This means that the prime goal of a political system must be the preservation and enabling of the faculty of reason.


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Ethics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:22

What is Ethics?

Ethics is the branch of study dealing with what is the proper course of action for man. It answers the question, "What do I do?" It is the study of right and wrong in human endeavors. At a more fundamental level, it is the method by which we categorize our values and pursue them. Do we pursue our own happiness, or do we sacrifice ourselves to a greater cause? Is that foundation of ethics based on the Bible, or on the very nature of man himself, or neither?

Why is Ethics important?

Ethics is a requirement for human life. It is our means of deciding a course of action. Without it, our actions would be random and aimless. There would be no way to work towards a goal because there would be no way to pick between a limitless number of goals. Even with an ethical standard, we may be unable to pursue our goals with the possibility of success. To the degree which a rational ethical standard is taken, we are able to correctly organize our goals and actions to accomplish our most important values. Any flaw in our ethics will reduce our ability to be successful in our endeavors.


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Epistemology

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What is Epistemology?

Epistemology is the study of our method of acquiring knowledge. It answers the question, "How do we know?" It encompasses the nature of concepts, the constructing of concepts, the validity of the senses, logical reasoning, as well as thoughts, ideas, memories, emotions, and all things mental. It is concerned with how our minds are related to reality, and whether these relationships are valid or invalid.

Why is Epistemology important?

Epistemology is the explanation of how we think. It is required in order to be able to determine the true from the false, by determining a proper method of evaluation. It is needed in order to use and obtain knowledge of the world around us. Without epistemology, we could not think. More specifically, we would have no reason to believe our thinking was productive or correct, as opposed to random images flashing before our mind. With an incorrect epistemology, we would not be able to distinguish truth from error. The consequences are obvious. The degree to which our epistemology is correct is the degree to which we could understand reality, and the degree to which we could use that knowledge to promote our lives and goals. Flaws in epistemology will make it harder to accomplish anything.


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Metaphysics

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:15

What is Metaphysics?

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy responsible for the study of existence. It is the foundation of a worldview. It answers the question "What is?" It encompasses everything that exists, as well as the nature of existence itself. It says whether the world is real, or merely an illusion. It is a fundamental view of the world around us.

Why is Metaphysics important?

Metaphysics is the foundation of philosophy. Without an explanation or an interpretation of the world around us, we would be helpless to deal with reality. We could not feed ourselves, or act to preserve our lives. The degree to which our metaphysical worldview is correct is the degree to which we are able to comprehend the world, and act accordingly. Without this firm foundation, all knowledge becomes suspect. Any flaw in our view of reality will make it more difficult to live.


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Objectivism 101

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Submitted by administrator on Wed, 2005-11-30 11:10

This Objectivism 101 section is a series of pages mirrored from another site, Importance of Philosophy. Here you will find articles about many aspects of and relating to Objectivism. The articles are extensively hyper-linked, so you can pretty much dive in anywhere and proceed from there. There is also a concept chart that shows graphically how some of the major ideas in Objectivism relate to one another.

These articles are divided up among the five branches of philosophy. Each branch studies a particular area and attempts to provide answers to some basic question.


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Objectivism

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2005-11-30 10:47

What is Objectivism?

Let its founder speak first. Asked to specify Objectivism's essentials standing on one foot, Ayn Rand, standing on one foot, said:

Recent Comments:
I would have — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2010-02-04 17:25
Ah well Brant... — by Olivia on Thu, 2010-02-04 08:28
Solved! — by Brant Gaede on Thu, 2010-02-04 02:32

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Once More with Feeling!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2005-11-18 07:50

“He who fights for the future lives in it today.”

—Ayn Rand

[Listen to this announcement] When I founded SOLO™ it was with a view to finding kindred spirits who had eluded me thus far in the Objectivist world.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! — by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2005-12-31 18:07
Congratulations — by nevin on Sun, 2005-12-11 18:28
Congratulations Linz! — by Marcus on Fri, 2005-12-09 20:40

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SOLO Pilot Podcast #4

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Submitted by SOLO Podcasts on Tue, 2007-09-18 20:01
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Update is that the civic — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2007-11-06 23:00
Hilarious — by Lance on Wed, 2007-09-19 22:46
Many thanks. Callum and I — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2007-09-19 14:26

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