[ExI] Ayn Rand and Evolution

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 1 18:54:34 UTC 2009

--- On Mon, 6/1/09, Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009 at 4:06 PM, Dan <dan_ust at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> Also, I don't think one needs to be an Objectivists to
> be a scholar of Rand or Objectivism.  (Not that you were
> stating you needed to be, but I just wanted to make sure no
> one believes that.  My guess would be that the most
> "objective" scholar of Objectivism would probably
> be something who is NOT an Objectivist, but, at the same
> time, is not dismissive of Rand or Objectivism.  Chris
> Sciabarra has done much to foster such scholarship in recent
> years.)
> Mmhhh. As far as one's ideas are concerned, who is
> better qualified than a marxist to comment on marxism, a
> christian on christianism or a transhumanist on
> transhumanism? But of course, speaking of philological
> reconstruction of a given event or historical position,
> somebody who does not have a stake might be more reliable...

Branden likely has a stake here, but I trust him on this.  :)

I forgot -- and a certain Rand scholar reminded me -- to mention that there has been some Objectivist work on evolution, e.g., Binswanger's _The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts_.  (Don't laugh!:)




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