Objectivism the Philosophy
If you're wondering, "Philosophy? Why do I need a philosophy?" read this.
Background and Motivation
One woman, Ayn Rand, formulated this philosophy in the middle of the 20th century. Of it she said,
"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."
As MIT students, you can hopefully appreciate that a philosophy based on reason may be technically demanding but let us assure that it is also highly rewarding. Also, note from the beginning that as you explore you may find yourself questioning the assertions made, or even better, having visceral reactions to the ideas. In that case, good! Figure out why -- keep reading, if necessary -- and then decide for yourself who's right.
For the sake of provoking you into thought, here are some things an Objectivist might say:
The philosophy stands in opposition to anyone who would say any of the following:
Consider, as one last motivation, the following questions. How would you answer them?
To which an Objectivist would answer a resounding, "No, and I'm certain of it."
We've got a lot of work to do, so let's get started!
Copyright MIT Objectivist Club 2005