Preface to the EssaysThese are the premises or doctrines of Post-Objectivism. You must observe them or else you willbe assimilated. Resistance is optional.
1. RAND IS ALPHA, NOT OMEGA.
Ayn Rand was a genius, but she is a starting point, a platform, not the final word.
2. TRUTH IS OBJECTIVE, BUT IT MOVES.
Contexts expand. Information increases and is reorganized. Emphases shift. Methods are refined.Processes may be ends in themselves, not only means to goals.
is a process; only for a fetus is lifea goal.
3. Q VS. A: Q IS PRIOR TO AND MAY OUTLAST A.
The right question is as important as, and often more durable than, the right answer.Methods precede, and determine the scope of, results.Skills precede, and determine the scope of, achievements.It's not a one-way street though, they are bicausal and mutually reinforcing each other contextually.(Can you say
4. REASON PRECEDES INDEPENDENCE, BUT CANNOT REPLACE IT.
"Objectivist schools" are nice, but you have to graduate some time.
5. TO KNOW IS TO CONNECT.
The most important work to be done today, is to compare Rand with other thinkers: to connect her withthe history of thought, and to broaden and deepen not her, but
philosophy.History of ideas should be considered mandatory reading by all Randian and Objectivist thinkers, andshould be approached with a "gold-digger" attitude, not a
6. THERE ARE MORE VIRTUES.
There are more virtues than Ayn Rand's "Big 7".There are even more
7. THERE ARE MORE THAN SEVEN DOCTRINES OF POST-OBJECTIVISM.(Can you say open-ended?)