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Re: [LU-OBJ] Re: Ayn Rand as "mediocre"

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  • Kendrick Boyd
    Scott If you receive this before the meeting today at noon, bring the paper that the teacher wrote all of this stuff on. I would be interested in seeing it.
    Message 1 of 4 , May 2, 2004
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      If you receive this before the meeting today at noon, bring the paper that the teacher wrote all of this stuff on.  I would be interested in seeing it.
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      Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 9:14 PM
      Subject: [LU-OBJ] Re: Ayn Rand as "mediocre"

      Its hard to say what my professors arguement is.  The premise of the
      book is this; an American, who has earned his fortune in America in
      industry and manufacturing, has come to Europe to "improve his
      mind".  While there, a friend of his introduces him to a beautiful
      woman, whom he falls in love with. The problem is that she belongs
      to a aristocratic family, and they view him as a savage because he
      has earned his wealth. The American (Christopher Newman), is clearly
      a man who is rational and loves life, though he is sometimes too
      innocent for his own good. Anyway, Newman finds it very hard to woo
      his new lover because of the collectivist morality that is prevalant
      in old european society (in the book, at least).  Here are some of
      the textual evidence I found (it wasn't hard, there appears to be
      tons of philosophy in this book) and used in my paper;

      In this scene, Newman asks his friend questions about his newfound
      love. His friend responds;

      "She suffers from her wicked old mother and her Grand Turk of a
      brother. They persecute her. But I can almost forgive them, because
      as I told you...persecution is all she needs to make her perfect."
      "Thats a comfortable theory for her. I hope you will never impart it
      to the old folks. Why does she let them bully her? Is she not her
      own mistress?" (newman)
      "Legally yes, I suppose; but morally, no. In France you must never
      say Nay to your mother, whatever she requires of you. She may be the
      most abominable old woman in the world, and make your life a
      purgatory, but after all she is ma mere, and you have no right ot
      judge her. You have simply to obey."
      "Can't she at least make her brother leave off?" (Newman)
      "Her brother is...the head of the clan. With those people the family
      is everything; you must act, not for your own pleasure, but for the
      advantage of the family."

      And the professor says this book has nothing to do with ideas, and
      there are plenty more textual evidence to support my idea (ask me
      for more if you wish). The man isn't a complete subjectivist, but he
      is a rampant skeptic and in class we actually do discuss philosophy,
      and epistimology has been the subject of discussion many times
      (indeed, it has been written on the board twice and discussed). 


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