Functional Philosophy #72: (1) The Unmoved Mover. (2) "Death of the Author." (3) Inconsistency.

In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:

(1) "Recently listening to Ben Shapiro and Sam Harris have their debate, Ben brings up aristotles immovable mover and it reminded me that he mentions it in a few other places as well and it almost seems like he might actually think he is Aristotelian as opposed to Platonic. So I went looking but couldn't really find anything much on it from Ayn Rand aside from a brief mention in the Journals of Ayn Rand where she quite rightly dismisses it. But my question to you is: do you know of anything else/more in depth that Rand said on the subject and did Leonard Peikoff ever bring it up? Also what are your thoughts on the subject?"

(2) "I would love to know your opinion on the literally concept "Death of the Author".

If you do not know, Death of the Author states that the intentions of an author/creator do not matter when reading a book (or any art) and what ever Interpretation an observer sees in a peice of art is just as valid as anybody else's.

In other words, it says you should seperate the Creator from there Creation.

I do not like this theory of Literature/Art at all, but I would like to know what you think."

(3) "I have noticed that a lot of people ignore inconsistencies in their beliefs. Politically, Religiously, etc. I doubt they they don't see their contradictions, since they are so damn obvious. Steven Crowder, for example, says that one is going to be a hypocrite if they have an opinion on anything. If I notice a contradiction in anything, I dig to see where it went wrong (which would by today's standards be "autistic"). My question is, why is it that these people don't care to acknowledge and fix inconsistencies in their beliefs (like religious people who believe in contradictory things but just don't think about and question it)?"

Functional Philosophy is the show in which Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. If you're curious to see how Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism can bring revolutionary clarity to your life, give it a listen.




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