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The Predictive Power of Philosophy: AYN RAND on THE FUTURE

As a Christian, I have always found it difficult to discuss my favorite philosophers with others, since each of the philosophers with the most profound influence over my reason were atheists; most of them attacking Christianity, faith, and God. Some find it strange that a Christian could be so completely influenced by non-Christians, but this is only because they do not understand the nature of philosophy itself. True philosophy is the study of human reason (logic), human nature (psychology & sociology), the world within which we live (science), the study of governance (political science), of economics, the study of knowledge (epistemology), the study of existence (metaphysics), and the study of human action (ethics). An objective study of these issues does not depend upon a faith of any kind. It does not matter which God(s) exist or does not exist, since these studies depend upon the reality of the world in which we find ourselves. Whether this reality exists because of the will of God or because of chaotic chance, does not influence the nature of the reality itself. Therefore, the religious faith of these great philosophers isn’t pertinent to the quality of the reasoning they’ve employed over the millennium.

The four philosophers with the greatest influence over my reason are Aristotle, David Hume, Frederich Nietzsche, and Ayn Rand. I would like to focus on that latter.

Ayn Rand accurately predicated the predicaments of our age, many years ago when the thought of an imperial president, or a corporatist congress, or a socialist movement seemed ever so unlikely. I would like to add that this was only viewed as unlikely, because Americans had, as they have today, almost no understanding of philosophy and its role in the direction of a society or nation.

The following is an interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace, one of Mike Wallace’s best interviews, in my humble opinion, and one of Ayn Rand’s best opportunities to explain the virtues of the philosophy she espoused. It is a little over twenty minutes long, but in it she predicts that if the United States refused to correct its course and refused to change its philosophy, that we would be faced with exactly the kind of country we are faced with today. This is a fishing expedition on my part, to test the water if you will, and to see if our readers are at all interested in philosophy, its’ value, and its’ necessity moving forward.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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