BOOKS

I'm writing three books. The first is a collection of my essays on philosophy, psychology, and culture. The second elaborates a theory of the relationship between life and consciousness. The third presents a new history of philosophy.

No Breach of Reason: The Objectivist's Guide to the Most Difficult Aspects of Ayn Rand's Philosophy

Essays in this volume will cover subjects such as:

  • Free will & causality

  • The epistemic status of the idea that the universe is a simulation

  • Why sacrifice came to be considered virtuous

  • The relationship between a free state and its dissidents

  • The psychology of injustice

  • The cultural evolution of egalitarianism

Life & Consciousness: How Values Make Awareness Possible

This book will present a theory of bio-epistemology, a subject I define as the study of the relationship between an organism's nature as a living being and the way its mind acquires knowledge. The theory is based on both the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the further work of Dr. Harry Binswanger.

The purpose of the book is not to recapitulate the achievements in general epistemology of either Ayn Rand or Dr. Binswanger, but to take from each the ideas that are relevant to the cross-field with which the book is concerned, and to tie them together with my own elaborations and insights. 

The book will cover topics such as:

  • The form and causal role of consciousness on each level of life as we know it, from sensational worms to perceptual cats to conceptual human beings

  • Unfree will

  • Why the act of abstraction is necessarily volitional

  • How values set the standard for valid conceptualization

  • How to differentiate value-based conceptualization from pragmatism and "convenience"-based conceptualization

  • Why consciousness, will, reason, and knowledge are possible only to living organisms, and not to computers

  • Why deduction can be "outsourced" to automatic systems like computers, but ​induction cannot be

  • Why the political policies being proposed in panicked anticipation of "AGI" (artificial general intelligence) would be disastrous.​​​​​​​​​​​

An Objective History of Philosophy: A Record of Man's Struggle to Understand the Nature and Function of 

His Powers of Abstraction

This will be the first book on the history of philosophy from an Objectivist perspective. Even with Dr. Peikoff's excellent courses on the subject, a book of this kind remains uniquely valuable for two reasons.

First, text that is written to be read rather than heard requires a clarity and economy of expression that no lecture or transcript can ever match. There is simply no substitute for a book when one wants to communicate an idea in the clearest terms possible. 

Second, Dr. Peikoff has stated that he wouldn’t give his lectures today the way he gave them in the early '70s. He has declined even to have those lectures transcribed and edited for publication. He believes there is room for improvement, and so do I. This book will reframe the history of philosophy in accordance with Ayn Rand's revolutionary discoveries in epistemology.

I intend the book to be readable by a general audience. Its subject and my approach are such that it will be of value to anyone, anywhere, who wants to live and be happy.

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​If you're interested in any of these books, then consider supporting me on Patreon and buying me the time to turn my copious, crabbed notes into prose.

© 2019 Charles Tew. All Rights Reserved.

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