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[''I've read the comments carefully and think there are a lot of points, of relevance here to the wider CZ debates. So I propose to take it up in the CZ Forum.'' [[User:Martin Cohen|Martin Cohen]] 18:16, 28 November 2008 (UTC) ]
 
[''I've read the comments carefully and think there are a lot of points, of relevance here to the wider CZ debates. So I propose to take it up in the CZ Forum.'' [[User:Martin Cohen|Martin Cohen]] 18:16, 28 November 2008 (UTC) ]
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:Might I ask that when you do so, you put a note here recording the section and thread titles in the Forum? (General comment that we often lose continuity between Talk and Forum, and no, I don't have an immediate solution other than manual notation.) [[User:Howard C. Berkowitz|Howard C. Berkowitz]] 18:43, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
  
 
This article is remarkably hostile to Ayn Rand.  It should be neutral, of course, and in that spirit should balance the current criticism with actual details about Rand's views and other works.  One claim is, "She is described by her admirers as ‘a philosopher’ but this is not a term accepted by many in the philosophical community."  This seems a little slanted.  It is certainly true that most philosophers who are familiar with her writings don't think much of her as a philosopher, but I don't recall it often being ''denied'' that she is a philosopher.  I doubt most philosophers care about that particular question--I don't.  I'd say she wasn't a professional philosopher, and that she was an amateur philosopher, and that she was much overrated by herself and her followers.  Does this mean she wasn't a philosopher?  It makes about as much sense to deny that as to deny that black velvet Elvis paintings are art.  Jimmy Wales and I used to debate about the merits of her work.  :-)  --[[User:Larry Sanger|Larry Sanger]] 02:25, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
 
This article is remarkably hostile to Ayn Rand.  It should be neutral, of course, and in that spirit should balance the current criticism with actual details about Rand's views and other works.  One claim is, "She is described by her admirers as ‘a philosopher’ but this is not a term accepted by many in the philosophical community."  This seems a little slanted.  It is certainly true that most philosophers who are familiar with her writings don't think much of her as a philosopher, but I don't recall it often being ''denied'' that she is a philosopher.  I doubt most philosophers care about that particular question--I don't.  I'd say she wasn't a professional philosopher, and that she was an amateur philosopher, and that she was much overrated by herself and her followers.  Does this mean she wasn't a philosopher?  It makes about as much sense to deny that as to deny that black velvet Elvis paintings are art.  Jimmy Wales and I used to debate about the merits of her work.  :-)  --[[User:Larry Sanger|Larry Sanger]] 02:25, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

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 Definition (1905-82) Russian-born novelist, nowadays credited as the founder of the philosophical movement called Objectivism; wrote Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead etc [d] [e]

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[I've read the comments carefully and think there are a lot of points, of relevance here to the wider CZ debates. So I propose to take it up in the CZ Forum. Martin Cohen 18:16, 28 November 2008 (UTC) ]

Might I ask that when you do so, you put a note here recording the section and thread titles in the Forum? (General comment that we often lose continuity between Talk and Forum, and no, I don't have an immediate solution other than manual notation.) Howard C. Berkowitz 18:43, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

This article is remarkably hostile to Ayn Rand. It should be neutral, of course, and in that spirit should balance the current criticism with actual details about Rand's views and other works. One claim is, "She is described by her admirers as ‘a philosopher’ but this is not a term accepted by many in the philosophical community." This seems a little slanted. It is certainly true that most philosophers who are familiar with her writings don't think much of her as a philosopher, but I don't recall it often being denied that she is a philosopher. I doubt most philosophers care about that particular question--I don't. I'd say she wasn't a professional philosopher, and that she was an amateur philosopher, and that she was much overrated by herself and her followers. Does this mean she wasn't a philosopher? It makes about as much sense to deny that as to deny that black velvet Elvis paintings are art. Jimmy Wales and I used to debate about the merits of her work.  :-) --Larry Sanger 02:25, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Okie, I have absolutely *no* dogs in this hunt, or fight (except I now wonder how I could have read her interminable books 50 years ago and found them entertaining) -- if no one else steps up, I will neutralize these assertions in the next day or so. I already did a *little* bit in that direction.... Hayford Peirce 03:13, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Well, it hasn't been quite 50 years, but I did go through a certain fascination at 18 or so, until I realized I'd never get a date with Dominique or Dagny. On the other hand, I met my first wife at a political event, where I was the only person who had heard of Objectivism, so she did get a date with Howard. Actually, she's a sort of second-generation Topic Informant, as she did date one of Rand's disciples. Calling himself the dictator of a libertarian commune (!), he did have a black jumpsuit with a gold dollar sign on the chest, with a gold cape for formal occasions. Let's put it this way; I've known enough people that were on her fringes (ummmm...maybe that isn't the word) that I injured my rib cage laughing at Jerry Tucille's book, It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand. Howard C. Berkowitz 03:45, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
"...the dictator of a libertarian commune..." -- my head just exploded. --Larry Sanger 03:49, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Merde! Larry just wiped out my reply. What did I say??? Well, OK, the thing that baffled me the most as I read the John Galt book as a freshman at Stanford in the fall of 1959 (only 49 years ago), was that people were always "kissing each other on the mouth". Yes, yes, even as a 17-year-old I knew that alternatives existed but it seemed to me then, and still does, as being extremly clumsy writing. Once yes, in an 800-page book, just a slip of the typewriter -- but *50* times?! Hayford Peirce 03:57, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Larry's reaction 'twas to be expected; it was my response at the time. Yes, the article is a bit harsh. Going into the history, I wasn't aware there were Certified Philosophers (as distinct from academics with qualifications in philosophy).
This is bringing back so many memories; I'm giggling, which is getting me strange looks from several cats and dogs. Cats tend to be Objectivists. The American Psychiatric Association may not recognize Post-Rand Stress Disorders, but there are these sudden flashbacks — when the Unabomber's manifesto came out, I must have gotten a dozen calls asking if he was John Galt, or if he merely had Ayn Rand's editor.
Should the Language Variant be Russian English? Howard C. Berkowitz 04:03, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
Well, I'll answer that when *you* answer "Who is John Galt?" Hayford Peirce 16:07, 28 November 2008 (UTC)