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The Concept Chart
The 5 Branches of Philosophy
Metaphysics
Epistemology
Ethics
Politics
Esthetics
Misbegotten Notions
Mystical Metaphysics
Irrational Epistemology
Evil Ethics
Bloody Politics
Post-Modern Esthetics
Dictionary

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Morality Needs No God
by Joseph Rowlands

Philosophy is inescapable.

Your philosophy is your worldview, which is a backdrop for all thought and a context for all knowledge. The decision about examining philosophy is between: 1) to make your philosophy explicit, or 2) to be a slave to the subconscious notions, principles, and other people's philosophies picked up throughout life. To ignore the topic of philosophy is to be doomed to the second choice. Examining your philosophy will allow you to discover and root out all errors and contradictions and allow you to more easily acquire knowledge and to think in concepts rather than concretes.

A philosophic system is an integrated view of existence. As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation -- or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self-doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown. Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It

This site explores the importance of philosophy and presents many of the important concepts and questions that must be considered. It will tell you how to base your philosophy on reason rather than randomness, which will lead to clarity, certainty, success, and happiness. The alternative to an explicit rational philosophy is an indifference that leads to confusion and often failure.

Philosophy is not some arcane field important only to old men in ivory towers. It explicitly asks and answers fundamental, inescapable questions such as "How can I know something?" and "What should I do?" Without some answer to these questions, no knowledge or action is possible. Again, the only choice is to explicitly examine the underlying assumptions involved or to be at the mercy of the random flotsam picked up throughout life.

You can start by learning the major ideas and how they're related by looking at the Concept Chart and clicking on the various concepts, which index into the more complete set of information contained in the Five Branches of Philosophy section.


Site MapConcept ChartIntroduction to the Five Branches of PhilosophyMetaphysicsAxiom
Existence Exists
Identity
Consciousness
Reality is Absolute: The Primacy of Existence
Causality
Nothing
Contradiction
An Entity is a Sum of Its Parts
Mental Entities
The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made
EpistemologyPhilosophy
Objectivity
Logic
Reason
Knowledge
Standard Of Evaluation
Perception
Concepts
Definitions
Words
Emotions
Integration
Values
Certainty
Deduction
Induction/Abstraction
Focus
Evasion
Context
Fundamentals
Knowledge is Hierarchical
The Arbitrary
EthicsLife as the Moral Standard
Morality is a Guide to Living
Reason is Man's Means of Survival
Values
Virtue
Self-Interest
Harmony of Interests
Self Reliance / Independence
Productiveness
Integrity
Honesty
Pride
Justice
Benevolence
Rationality
Metaphysical Justice
Free Will
Courage
Trader Principle
PoliticsThe Initiation of Force
Rights

Right to Life Right to Liberty Right to Property Right to the Pursuit of Happiness Right to Free Speech Right to Self Defense

Necessity of Government
The Proper Role of Government
Laissez Faire Capitalism
Taxation
Law
Rule of Law
Constitutions
Separation of Powers
Checks and Balances
Federalism
An Armed Populace: The Right to Bear Arms
Trial by Jury
Voting
Capitalism
Financing a Government
The Death Penalty
Abortion
Fraud
EstheticsMan's need for art
Art
Sense Of Life
Literature
Painting
Sculpture
Music
Drama
Dance
Song
Misbegotten Notions:Mystical MetaphysicsPrimacy of Consciousness
Interdependence Theory
Omnipotence
God
Malevolent Universe Premise
Miracles
Irrational EpistemologyFaith
A Priori Knowledge
Philosopher's Deduction Fallacy
Subjectivism
Polylogism
Determinism
Skepticism
Evil EthicsSubjective Value
Intrinsic Value
Original Sin
Altruism
Collectivism
Egalitarianism
Environmentalism
The Ethics of Intentions
Duty
Compromise
Pacifism
Moral Relativism
Multiculturalism
Morality as a limit on action
Hedonism
Humility
Vegetarianism
Bloody PoliticsSocialism
Communism
Fascism
Anarchism
Anarcho-Capitalism
Adjustment to Government Intervention
The Poor Suffer Under Capitalism
Military Draft
Zoning Laws
Public Schools
Redistribution of Wealth
Public Welfare
Roads and Infrastructure
Democracy
Antitrust
Positive Rights
A "Mixed" Economy
Government Regulations (The FDA)
Money
Social Security
Campaign Finance Reform
Post-Modern EstheticsEverything is Art
Destruction of Meaning
Innovation in Art
Dictionary of Concepts
The content of this website is primarily based on Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.


Objectivism 101


Copyright © 2001 by Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands
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