The Atlantic Monthly
The day that I attended, ARI’s in-house philosopher, Onkar Ghate, provided an overview of Objectivism’s central tenets. It included terms like “psycho-epistemology” and other doctrinal patois that modern philosophers favor to give even the most mundane claims a metaphysical sheen, yet it also addressed, rather nakedly, the self-help impulse that accounts, in large part, for Rand’s continued popularity.
Happiness, Ghate explained, is the “moral purpose” of life, and the role of philosophy in that quest is to ensure that you are “fully thinking” about the views that inundate you on a daily basis. The opinions of others—whether they involve art, politics, ethics, or even personal priorities—have a tendency to shape you, so you must be on your guard. Philosophy will help you to assess these views so that you choose “the right ones and get rid of the wrong ones,” assembling a sound set of beliefs that will guide you in determining how to spend your days.