University of Chicago Objectivist Club

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The University of Chicago Objectivist Club is a philosophy club that meets to discuss Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. We discuss all branches of philosophy, typically beginning with metaphysics and epistemology in the fall. The winter and spring quarters are largely devoted to ethics. Politics and aesthetics round out the year. We also discuss global events from a philosophical standpoint throughout the year, as appropriate. In addition, we invite speakers to campus each year for interested students.

The fundamental principles of Objectivism are that reality is objective; that reason is Man's sole means of gaining knowledge about his world; that in order to act ethically, a man must act in his own self-interest rather than making a sacrifice; that laissez-faire capitalism is the only political system that properly respects and protects individual rights; and aesthetically, that art is a selective recreation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgements, a style known as romantic realism.

The Club meets on Monday evenings at 8PM in Harper 125. You are more than welcome to join us.

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