08 May 2007

Thoughtful Post

Over at Positive Liberty, there's a very interesting post discussing the relationship between atheism and morality: Atheism, Morality, Objectivism. It's well-written and definitely worth reading. I hadn't realized that objectivism denies any transcendental reality. I do take issue with one statement:

"The Eastern idea of the material world as a mere illusion is a lamentable untruth." Just as there are strong and weak versions of atheism, there are strong and weak versions of "the world is all illusion." I take this to refer to the fact that all things are temporary, finite. They have a beginning and an end. Mountains last longer than most things, but even they will be worn down or sucked under a continent eventually. This is a simple fact.

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