Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology


ISBN: 978-0452010307

Book Description

This is Ayn Rand’s most important epistemic showcase to her “objectivist” brand of moral-epistemology. The intellectual hegemony of idealistic universalism has been the foundational, as well as historic, ontological and epistemological evolution in continental philosophy. Rand made this as a dedicated antithesis to “universalist” objectivism where tenants made no distinction between abstraction from abstraction. Ayn Rand proposes a differential consciousness to make a case of cognitive possibility.

Rand’s proposed solution to the historic problem of universals, describes how the theory can be extended to complex cases, and outlines how it applies to other issues in the theory of knowledge (epistemology). This expanded second edition was edited by two of Rand’s excellent intellectual allies and students, Harry Binswanger and Leonard Peikoff, the latter is a major contributor to Ayn Rand Library, a series of literatures written by conventional objectivist thinkers and like-minded theorists.

Ayn Rand believes that “the attack on man’s consciousness and particularly on his conceptual faculty has rested on the unchallenged premise that any knowledge acquired by a process of consciousness is necessarily subjective and cannot correspond to the facts of reality, since it is ‘processed knowledge (I).” A particular jab against synthetic-analytic dichotomies. One cannot subjugate human knowledge under the rigid confines of determined reference.

All knowledge is processed, as she inoculates, on sensory, perceptual, and/or conceptual levels. Hence, she espouse that having a sense of consciousness as an active process, never a passive activity. Contrary to Immanual Kant’s gregarious and automatic idealism, Rand’s valiant attempt to de-sanitize liberal-universalistic philosophy offers some meaningful alternative.

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Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology