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Excerpts from “How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation” by Harry Binswanger Now Online

710CSwgu1yL.jpg“The advocates of reason have been unable to answer the crucial question: what makes a cognitive choice valid or invalid? Since God or nature doesn’t tell us how to proceed in our thinking, what standard can we use to guide our thought processes?” — Harry Binswanger

In How We Know, Harry Binswanger, a philosopher who was an associate of Ayn Rand, presents a theory of knowledge based on Rand’s Objectivist philosophy. Advocating a “bottom-up,” inductive approach to cognition, the book covers the gamut of topics starting with the axioms of existence, identity, and consciousness, then taking up concept-formation, propositions, logic, and principles. A chapter on free will, treated as the choice to exercise reason, presents the author’s interpretation of Rand’s view on volition, supplemented by his own analysis.

You can download and read the preface here. You can also order How We Know on Amazon or on the author’s website.

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How We Know – Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation

Dr. Harry Binswanger has released How We Know – Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation. From the book description:

What is knowledge? How is it acquired? How are claims to knowledge to be validated? Can man achieve rational certainty, or is he doomed to perpetual doubt?

How We Know presents an integrated set of answers to these and related questions, based on Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, including her unique theory of concepts.

Rejecting the false alternative of mysticism vs. skepticism, Harry Binswanger provides an uncompromising defense of reason, logic, and objectivity. Using vivid examples, he traces the hierarchical development of knowledge, from its base in sensory perception, to concept-formation, to logical inference, to its culmination in the principles of science and philosophy.

How We Know explains how following methods of cognition based on the facts of reality and on the nature of our cognitive equipment makes it possible to achieve rational certainty, no matter how abstract the issue.

The How We Know website also includes excerpts from the book. Definitely worth visiting.

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I Am John Galt

I Am John Galt is a hymn to free men, free minds and free markets. It’s a loving look at the heroes who are living those values and moving the world forward. It’s also a crushing no-holds-barred indictment of the parasites who are trying to destroy our world of freedom and prosperity.” — Don Luskin

We are kind of excited about this book because of the interview with John Allison — former CEO of the successful BB&T (a bank that did not need but was forced to accept bailout funds against their will — more on that in a future post). His description “The Leader: John Allison as John Galt, the man who walked away after building America’s strongest bank.”

“From John Allison you can learn not only to live your own life in accordance with Rand’s values, but to teach them to others you work with. At Allison’s bank, Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), every one of the 30,000 employees has been trained in Rand’s value system—from the executive suite to the teller line. Self-evidently, it works.’

“Are you looking for a concrete plan to put the value system of Rand’s heroes to work in your own life? Allison has written one for you, by identifying and articulating BB&T’s 10 core values. You don’t have to work there to put those values to work in your life. Do it on your own, and then put yourself through the ongoing process that all BB&T employees experience: Every six months, give yourself a rigorous self-evaluation based on how you’ve measured up to the values.”

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