Philosophy

Ayn Rand: A Legacy of Reason and Freedom

Ayn Rand left a legacy in defense of reason and freedom that serves as a guidepost for the American spirit–especially pertinent today when America and what it stands for are under assault.

Judeo-Christian Philosophy and the Founding of America

A curious notion is mushrooming lately on programs such as "The O'Reilly Factor" and other current events shows. Certain commentators claim that the United States of America owes its existence to what is termed "Judeo-Christian" philosophy. Now I will not dispute that...

Philosophy and Journalism: Intrinsicism in Reporting

The smartertimes.com [December 20, 2001] makes an interesting point which bears philosophical analysis. Smartertimes.com catches the New York Times labeling conservative groups, such as The Heritage Foundation, as being conservative, while liberal groups, such as...

Philosophy: The Frivolous Discipline?

The death of a distinguished scientist or a leading novelist usually attracts public attention. But the recent death of perhaps the most celebrated figure in academic philosophy--Harvard's Willard Van Orman Quine--attracted virtually none. This lack of reflection on...

Bill Gates and Altruism

Altruism survives, in part, on its undeserved reputation as a "kind, benevolent" morality. Those who believe this would be surprised at the critical response to Bill Gates' latest charitable offering, a $1 billion scholarship fund. It is a model of politically-correct...

Ayn Rand is Not Going to Go Away: A Letter By a Professor of Philosophy

Ayn Rand is not going to go away, and neither are her millions of admirers nor the increasing number of scholars now seriously investigating her work. To your readers I respectfully suggest: take a look for yourself. Your youthful admiration for Rand tapped into something good in your soul. It’s time to re-explore — on your own — both that spirit in yourself, and the voice that was given to that spirit by this immensely rich and rewarding author.