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I'll refer you back to the discussion on healthcare when the gentleman who graciously answered attempted to prove private and unregulated healthcare systems are better than the government run alternatives by philosophy. Frankly I'm a man of evidence and reason and that's not going to be good enough. All of this stuff about epistemology and metaphysics playing into the real world is just plan garbage to me and it's causing none of my questions to be answered in any meaningful way.

NOTE: I've read EVERY objectivist book including Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology so don't pretend I'm just some interloper from the Daily Worker.

asked Apr 27 '14 at 22:35

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...to prove private and unregulated healthcare systems are better than the government run alternatives by philosophy.

This formulation seems to express the view that philosophy is abstract, disconnected from reality and of no practical use in reality.

I'm a man of evidence and reason and that's [referring to philosophy] not going to be good enough.

This reinforces the false view of a dichotomy between philosophy versus evidence and reason. Objectivism is a philosophy that challenges such a claim, although other philosophies may systematically seek to promote such a dichotomy.

All of this stuff about epistemology and metaphysics playing into the real world is just plan garbage to me...

Epistemology and metaphysics do have definite consequences in reality, as Objectivism shows. In fact, philosophy of any kind, Objectivist or not, has consequences in reality when acted upon, but not as directly and comprehensibly as Objectivism has when Objectivism is adhered to in practice.

Why are most of my answers not based on evidence?

If you reject philosophical integrations, you're rejecting some very important aspects of the total context; you're rejecting an entire category of crucial evidence and the conclusions that follow objectively from it.

For those who doubt the practical power of philosophy, some excellent references include:

  • Ayn Rand's book, Philosophy: Who Needs It
  • Ayn Rand's article, "For the New Intellectual," in her book by the same title
  • Topic of "Philosophy" in The Ayn Rand Lexicon

For dramatic concretization, there is Atlas Shrugged as well.

Also worth repeating: This website is meant for questions about Objectivism and its application, Ayn Rand, etc.. Anyone who truly has no interest in it isn't likely to gain much positive value from it.

answered Apr 28 '14 at 22:47

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