Rathnashikamani's answer to "What is Objectivism?"

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This page is about Objectivism and has a link from another page, Mark's Factual Article Challenge for Wikinut Writers.

This page gives you an introduction to Objectivism, and the References listed at the end of the page takes you on a tour to explore what has been philosophized about it.

What is Objectivism?

Objectivism is a philosophical approach to reality of existence of truths independent of the mind or perception.

Objectivism was an essential process of the human perception from time immemorial, though the term 'objectivism' had its documented origins in 1850-55.

Historically Ayn Rand (1905–1982) is known as the conceiver of the philosophy called Objectivism.

"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."
— Ayn Rand, Appendix to Atlas Shrugged

To understand what is objectivism, you need to answer yourself these three questions.

Are your thoughts undistorted by emotions?

Can you look at the world and its existence clearly without the indulgence of your own personal bias?

Have you been living your life truthfully based on the reality that belong to your immediate experience of actual things or events?

If your answers to these three questions is 'Yes', then you're living a life of objective reality that is perceived without distortion of your personal feelings, that perception experiencedas it is without addition of any fictional description, and absolutely free from any kind of imaginative interpretation.

In that case, you're known to be an objectivist and your philosophy is known as objectivism.

So objectivism is a branch of philosophy.

Therefore, in the philosophical sense, objectivism is all about "the doctrine that knowledge is based on objective reality".

In other words, objectivism is the meta-ethical doctrine that there are certain moral truths that are independent of the attitudes of any individuals. Meta-ethics is the philosophy of ethics dealing with the meaning of ethical terms, the nature of moral discourse, and the foundations of moral principles.(Dictionary.com)

So to say, an objectivist perceives the reality external to the mind without any interference with their own thoughts or feelings.

Is it really possible to perceive a thing in its reality without having any thought or feeling?

The objectivist says, 'It is possible', in a sense that you get 2 from 1+1, and you cannot distort this universal truth. That is an objective reality.

In contrast, the subjective reality is a distorted reality that is viewed through our inner mental filters that are formed by our past conditioning.

Objective reality is how a thing exists as it is. To perceive it objectively, generally we fail to capture it in its totality but we can only indicate some of its characteristics.

For example, to know an apple you must perceive its characteristics in its totality.
The totality that is constituent of its colour, taste, smell, size, and its freshness and all the charecterists specific to its existence. Any of these characteristics described separately will not really constitute an apple as it is.

Tenets of Objectivism

Many intellectuals that include writers and philosophers have already told much about 'Objectivism' quite elaborately and a simple Google search fetches you plethora of pages to explore what it is all about.

From the many online articles I referred, I find Wikipedia presents its page first in the Google searches for the keyword 'Objectivism' , and I have excerpted the following paragraph from it, as I find it very straight forward in explaining the subject in question.

Objectivism's central tenets are

=> that reality exists independent of consciousness,

=> that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception,

=> that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic,

=> that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness (or rational self-interest),

=> that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez faire capitalism, and

=> that the role of art in human life is to transform humans' metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which he can respond emotionally..


As I said in the beginning, you can explore these links to the many interesting discussions on 'Objectivism'.

What is Objectivism?
Introducing Objectivism

Objectivism explained.
Become an Objectivist in Ten Easy Steps

Objectivism in Life and thought Right click here and download the audio to listen

Welcome to Objectivism

And now...
Read these poems and tell me what you think of my objective expression in the Objectivist's perspective

Continuum - The Dawn
Who am I?

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author avatar ppruel
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Very good article. Packed of facts dude. Thanks.

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author avatar Buzz
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Wonderful articulation of empiricism from the objectivist viewpoint, dear friend. It's a deep area of study and spectacularly conquered the challenge. Congrats on the STAR.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
10th Jan 2012 (#)

NIce piece :) Well written

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Great explanation on Objectivism.
This is an often misunderstood philosophy.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I thought of all the articles, this would be the hardest to do but, you have proven me wrong. You have met the challenge and conquered it. A well done page on objectivism. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar bronnamdi
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for the article. I am hearing of Objectivism Concept for the first time.

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author avatar CLH
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Nice article.

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author avatar Randy Duckworth
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Very informative and clear! Thank you for teaching me something today! :-)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Jan 2012 (#)


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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Fascinating article.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Recently, I had occasion to make quite sure of the definition of, "objective" and "sujective". Thank you for adding to my knowledge with your well written information on "objectivism".

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Correction: I meant "objective" and subjective".

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for thi informative, interesting article--I'd not explored this before and your great star page gives a strong introduction. :)

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B.
31st Mar 2012 (#)

I am hearing of Objectivism for the first time. Well written article! But I have a doubt-what good these principles do? Would we have suffered in the absence of such principles?

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