Category Archives: Philosophy

Andreas Corelli on Narratives

“Everything is a tale… What we believe, what we know, what we remember, even what we dream. Everything is a story, a narrative, a sequence of events with characters communicating an emotional content. We only accept as true what can be narrated.”

— Andreas Corelli in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Angel’s Game, Act One: “City of the Damned”, Chapter 24

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Francisco d’Anconia on Contradictions

“Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”

— Francisco d’Anconia in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Chapter VII

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Floyd Ferris on Genius

“Genius is a superstition… There’s no such thing as the intellect. A man’s brain is a social product. A sum of influences that he’s picked up from those around him. Nobody invents anything, he merely reflects what’s floating in the social atmosphere. A genius is an intellectual scavenger and a greedy hoarder of the ideas which rightfully belong to society, from which he stole them. All thought is theft. If we do away with private fortunes, we’ll have a fairer distribution of wealth. If we do away with the genius, we’ll have a fairer distribution of ideas.”

— Dr. Floyd Ferris in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter VI

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July 10, 2009 · 1:11 pm

Francisco d’Anconia on the Need to Think

“Any refusal to recognize reality, for any reason whatever, has disastrous consequences. There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think.”

— Francisco d’Anconia in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part II, Chapter II

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July 10, 2009 · 12:03 pm

Robert Stadler on People

“Men are not open to truth or reason. They cannot be reached by rational argument. The mind is powerless against them. Yet we have to deal with them. If we want to accomplish anything, we have to deceive them into letting us accomplish it. Or force them. They understand nothing else. We cannot expect their support for any endeavor of the intellect, for any goal of the spirit. They are nothing but vicious animals. They are greedy, self-indulgent, predatory dollar chasers…”

-Dr. Robert Stadler in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Chapter VII

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July 10, 2009 · 11:31 am

Jostein Gaarder on Philosophy

“The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder.”

— Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World, “The Top Hat”

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August 1, 2007 · 6:15 pm

Stephen Dempster on Postmodernism

“The error of modernism is ‘objectivism’, that is, the idea that individual subjects can attain the entire, value-free, truth when examining an object — they can see it as it really is; while the error of postmodernism is ‘subjectivism’, the idea that, because observers are never value-free or objective, they see the object according to their subjective perspective — they see it not as it is but as they are (and therefore never really see it). A truly Judeo-Christian epistemology will navigate between these extremes of radical objectivism and radical subjectivism. Human beings can know truth because it is revealed, but it is always accommodated to their understanding and always filtered through their own particular context. Factors of culture, place, time, society, education, experience and the effects of sin on the mind colour the truth. Paul remarks in his first letter to the Corinthian church that Christian believers see through a glass darkly in the present life. His observation illustrates the truths of both modernism and postmodernism held in tension, while avoiding their errors: we see (modernism) through a glass darkly (postmodernism).”

— Stephen G. Dempster, Dominion and Dynasty: A theology of the Hebrew Bible, chapter 1

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July 24, 2007 · 8:55 am