Volume 22, No. 1 – July 2022 (Issue #43)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE EMPRICIST’S NEW CLOTHES: DAVID HUME AND THE THEFT OF PHILOSOPHY, pp. 1-92
David Hume’s attacks on causality and induction along with his celebrated is-ought dichotomy dealt a blow to the human mind from which Western civilization has never fully recovered. Centuries after his death, Hume remains immensely popular among academic philosophers, which only bolsters the myth that his skeptical arguments are unanswerable. In fact, his arguments are seriously flawed. The first part of this paper clarifies the basics of Hume’s philosophy, focusing on the epistemology in the Treatise and Enquiry. The second part exposes the mistaken premises and assumptions in Hume’s arguments, demonstrating how Objectivism redeems the validity of human knowledge.
GLIMPSES OF THE MYSTICAL DIMENSION OF AYN RAND’S THOUGHT, pp. 93-135
This article presents ideas long considered to be almost exclusively Rand’s, in connection to their expression in the literature of mysticism. The author argues that these ideas, far from being unique to Rand, are hallmarks of mysticism.
SHOULD “THE METAPHYSICS OF MAN” BE A SIXTH BRANCH OF OBJECTIVIST PHILOSOPHY?, pp. 136-64
The author proposes to convert Ayn Rand’s theory of man into a sixth branch of her Objectivist philosophy called the metaphysics of man (more widely referred to by names such as philosophical anthropology). This branch would be distinct from both the metaphysics of reality (more generally called ontology) and epistemology. Along with consolidating all the axioms about the fundamental nature of man (and thus eliminating the various bridge theories, including the bridge theory of man, the anteroom to epistemology, and metaphysical value-judgments about man), this new framework will simplify and clarify the structure of Objectivism.
Philippe Chamy is a diplomatic conference interpreter and translator. He earned a BA in political economy at Tulane University, where he studied with Eric Mack, who introduced him to libertarian philosophy. He obtained an MA in religious studies (comparative mysticism track) at Florida International University. He translated Anthem into French, and lives in Hollywood, Florida. He has published previously in the Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines.
Dennis Hardin is an Objectivist writer and psychotherapist. From 1987 to 1990, he was the co-leader of a popular Los Angeles discussion group, the Forum for the New Intellectual. In 2002, he created and presented his own self-help seminar, “The Ethics of Personal Achievement.” He has contributed several previous articles to The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies and is also the author of The Living Image, a novel about the sanctity of human happiness. He and his wife live in Pompano Beach, Florida.
David Tyson is a retired teacher of philosophy in college and science in high school. He majored in philosophy at Williams College and then Columbia’s School of General Studies for a BS in 1965. He received an MA in philosophy from New York University, finishing with an ABD toward his PhD in philosophy around 1970. He also received an MA in science education from Columbia Teachers College in 1972. In retirement, he has spent much time researching and writing a book about the hierarchy of knowledge: What Comes First?