Explaining
CAPITALISM
To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of
effort than explaining what “chair” means.
To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of
effort than explaining what “chair” means.

For others to know ...
To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of
effort than explaining what “chair” means.

For others to know ...
To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of
effort than explaining what “chair” means.

For others to know ...
To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of
effort than explaining what “chair” means.

For others to know ...
Since (when I finish this presentation) I will expect you
to be able to explain capitalism, then, I must cause you
to have...
When speaking to others there
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    how that proceeds.
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CAPITALISM
WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY
                                  EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS

Your actions a...
WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY
                                  EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS

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WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY
                                  EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS

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WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY
                                  EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS

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WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY
                                  EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS

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 ...
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  The Constitution of the   Explanation
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The Truth About
  CAPITALISM
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Is that it explains how properly functioning individuals
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Explaining Capitalism

  1. 1. Explaining CAPITALISM
  2. 2. To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of effort than explaining what “chair” means.
  3. 3. To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of effort than explaining what “chair” means. For others to know what you know requires they are also physically or consciously imaging it.
  4. 4. To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of effort than explaining what “chair” means. For others to know what you know requires they are also physically or consciously imaging it. For others to validate what you are saying is rational requires they are able to physically or consciously image it.
  5. 5. To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of effort than explaining what “chair” means. For others to know what you know requires they are also physically or consciously imaging it. For others to validate what you are saying is rational requires they are able to physically or consciously image it. For others to understand what you are saying requires them to conceptually imagine it.
  6. 6. To point and say “chair” requires a much different kind of effort than explaining what “chair” means. For others to know what you know requires they are also physically or consciously imaging it. For others to validate what you are saying is rational requires they are able to physically or consciously image it. For others to understand what your are saying requires them to conceptually imagine it. For others to explain what you are saying requires them to rationally think about that which you are talking about.
  7. 7. Since (when I finish this presentation) I will expect you to be able to explain capitalism, then, I must cause you to have a capitalistic experience -or- I must cause you to recall a capitalistic experience. The necessitated rational thinking is your responsibility. I cannot cause you to think rationally and thereby learn how to explain capitalism - or anything else.
  8. 8. When speaking to others there are four alternatives as to how that proceeds.
  9. 9. Alternative-1 Real The Conscious State of Existence Something Absolute Physical Known OBJECTIVE
  10. 10. Alternative-2 Real Insane The Conscious The Schizophrenic State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Absolute Mental Physical Demonic Known Hallucinated OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL
  11. 11. Alternative-3 Real Insane Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Absolute Mental Spiritual Physical Demonic Hope Known Hallucinated Accepted OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY
  12. 12. Alternative-4 Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC
  13. 13. Evolution of Language Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Words Rants Edicts Concepts Symbolic Meaningful Communication Language
  14. 14. Alternative-1 Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Sensed
  15. 15. Alternative-2 Real Insane Religion Reason The Physical The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Appears Sensed
  16. 16. Alternative-3 Real Insane Religion Reason The Physical The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Believed Appears Sensed
  17. 17. Alternative-4 Real Insane Religion Reason The Physical The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Explained Believed Appears Sensed
  18. 18. Alternative-1 Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Knowledge Explained Believed Appears Sensed
  19. 19. Alternative-2 Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Aberration Knowledge Explained Appears Believed Sensed
  20. 20. Alternative-3 Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Knowledge Aberration Believed Explained Appears Sensed Faith
  21. 21. Alternative-4 Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Intelligence Explained Knowledge Aberration Thinking Believed Appears Sensed Faith
  22. 22. Evolution of Explanation Real Insane Religion Reason The Conscious The Schizophrenic The Mystical The Logical State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence State of Existence Something Nothing Dogma Idea Absolute Mental Spiritual Abstract Physical Demonic Hope Rational Known Hallucinated Accepted Understood OBJECTIVE EMOTIONAL HEAVENLY SCIENTIFIC Intelligence Knowledge Aberration Explained Believed Appears Sensed Faith
  23. 23. Chair
  24. 24. Water
  25. 25. Space
  26. 26. Time
  27. 27. Distance
  28. 28. Universe
  29. 29. Life
  30. 30. God
  31. 31. Everything
  32. 32. Nothing
  33. 33. CAPITALISM
  34. 34. WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS Your actions are a consequence of your philosophy. Their result on your person is not, this is left to the laws of nature. As a human being, you have no choice about your need of philosophy. Your only choice, in this regard, is whether you define the parameters of your philosophy or whether you blindly follow another’s.
  35. 35. WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS Your actions are a consequence of your philosophy. Their result on your person is not, this is left to the laws of nature. As a human being, you have no choice about your need of philosophy. Your only choice, in this regard, is whether you define the parameters of your philosophy or whether you blindly follow another’s. Philosophy deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything that exists. Philosophy is the foundation of science, the selector of man’s values and goals, the organizer of man’s thoughts and thereby his actions.
  36. 36. WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS Your actions are a consequence of your philosophy. Their result on your person is not, this is left to the laws of nature. As a human being, you have no choice about your need of philosophy. Your only choice, in this regard, is whether you define the parameters of your philosophy or whether you blindly follow another’s. Philosophy deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything that exists. Philosophy is the foundation of science, the selector of man’s values and goals, the organizer of man’s thoughts and thereby his actions. Philosophy is that science which studies the nature of existence, of man, and of man’s relationship to existence. The fundamental branches of philosophy are metaphysics and epistemology. It is on the basis of a knowable universe (metaphysics) and ones rational grasp of it (epistemology), that one can define the secondary branches of philosophy: ethics, morality and esthetics.
  37. 37. WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS Your actions are a consequence of your philosophy. Their result on your person is not, this is left to the laws of nature. As a human being, you have no choice about your need of philosophy. Your only choice, in this regard, is whether you define the parameters of your philosophy or whether you blindly follow another’s. Philosophy deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything that exists. Philosophy is the foundation of science, the selector of man’s values and goals, the organizer of man’s thoughts and thereby his actions. Philosophy is that science which studies the nature of existence, of man, and of man’s relationship to existence. The fundamental branches of philosophy are metaphysics and epistemology. It is on the basis of a knowable universe (metaphysics) and ones rational grasp of it (epistemology), that one can define the secondary branches of philosophy: ethics, morality and esthetics. The task of philosophy is to provide man with a comprehensive view of what it means to act properly. In order to evaluate a given philosophical premise ask what, if applied, it would do to human life; beginning with your own. This view will serve as a base, as a frame of reference, for your actions. This view will tell you the nature of the universe with which you must deal (metaphysics); the means by which you deal with it (epistemology). It will provide the standard by which you choose your goals and values in regard to your life and character (ethics). And in regard to your relationship with others (morality). Your means of explaining this view is esthetics.
  38. 38. WHAT IS THE SCIENCE OF PHILOSOPHY EDITED EXCERPTS OF AYN RAND’S WRITINGS Your actions are a consequence of your philosophy. Their result on your person is not, this is left to the laws of nature. As a human being, you have no choice about your need of philosophy. Your only choice, in this regard, is whether you define the parameters of your philosophy or whether you blindly follow another’s. Philosophy deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything that exists. Philosophy is the foundation of science, the selector of man’s values and goals, the organizer of man’s thoughts and thereby his actions. Philosophy is that science which studies the nature of existence, of man, and of man’s relationship to existence. The fundamental branches of philosophy are metaphysics and epistemology. It is on the basis of a knowable universe (metaphysics) and ones rational grasp of it (epistemology), that one can define the secondary branches of philosophy: ethics, morality and esthetics. The task of philosophy is to provide man with a comprehensive view of what it means to act properly. In order to evaluate a given philosophical premise ask what, if applied, it would do to human life; beginning with your own. This view will serve as a base, as a frame of reference, for your actions. This view will tell you the nature of the universe with which you must deal (metaphysics); the means by which you deal with it (epistemology). It will provide the standard by which you choose your goals and values in regard to your life and character (ethics). And in regard to your relationship with others (morality). Your means of explaining this view is esthetics. In order to live, man must act; in order to act, man must make choices; in order to make choices, man must define a code of values; in order to define a code of values, man must discover the nature of his existence as the rational-being. Since man knows what he is and where he lives; then, his only task is to understand how these define how he must behave prior to be considered a properly functioning human-being; i.e. man needs philosophy.
  39. 39. The Philosophical Ladder ESTHETICS Explanation MORALITY Perspective ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY What METAPHYSICS
  40. 40. The Philosophical Ladder ESTHETICS Explanation MORALITY Perspective ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY Intelligence is the creation of terms What METAPHYSICS Knowledge is the existence of objects
  41. 41. The Philosophical Ladder ESTHETICS Explanation MORALITY Is rational social interaction Perspective ETHICS is proper individual action EPISTEMOLOGY What METAPHYSICS
  42. 42. ESTHETICS The Philosophical Ladder Means and Methods of Expression Explanation MORALITY Perspective ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY What METAPHYSICS
  43. 43. ESTHETICS MORALITY ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  44. 44. ESTHETICS MORALITY ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY Abstract, Conceptual, Group, Idea - Concepts What METAPHYSICS Absolute, Physical, Unit, Object - Words
  45. 45. ESTHETICS MORALITY ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY Intelligence & Language What METAPHYSICS Knowledge & Communication
  46. 46. ESTHETICS MORALITY Rational functioning Societies Perspective ETHICS Properly functioning Individuals EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  47. 47. ESTHETICS MORALITY Social interaction is Profitable Perspective ETHICS Individual action is Beneficial EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  48. 48. ESTHETICS MORALITY Profitable interaction is Capitalism Perspective ETHICS Beneficial action is Selfishness EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  49. 49. ESTHETICS MORALITY Capitalistic acts carry Contractual Consequences Perspective ETHICS Selfish acts carry Natural Consequences EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  50. 50. ESTHETICS MORALITY Social HAPPINESS Perspective ETHICS Personal SURVIVAL EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  51. 51. ESTHETICS The Constitution of the Explanation Unites States of America MORALITY ETHICS EPISTEMOLOGY METAPHYSICS
  52. 52. The Truth About CAPITALISM ======================= Is that it explains how properly functioning individuals act when socially engaged - they act rationally. Capitalistic persons act based on the premise of “from mutual agreement to mutual benefit.” A capitalist will continue to act properly even when others are not - especially when others are not.

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