167: Logic Saves Lives Part 5 – The Stolen Concept


Picture: Immanuel Kant and his shadow

Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are.

Metaphysical Laws

Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) joins me to discuss what he calls the fallacy to rule them all - the stolen concept.

"When modern philosophers declare that axioms are a matter of arbitrary choice, and proceed to choose complex, derivative concepts as the alleged axioms of their alleged reasoning, one can observe that their statements imply and depend on “existence,” “consciousness,” “identity,” which they profess to negate, but which are smuggled into their arguments in the form of unacknowledged, “stolen” concepts." -Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (p59–60)

This is an edited version the 10-18-12 Ustream-only live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. To watch the full, unedited video show, click here.

Bumper Music:
"Cypher(Instrumental)" Duke West Lake
"Head Over Heals" Tears For Fears

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The Self-Refuting Idea

Logical Fallacies Basics

Ayn Rand Lexicon

The Stolen Concept, by Nathaniel Branden

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  1. Tears For Fears?!?! This is a good podcast, but these insipid pop music bumpers are too much to take. I have to stop listening.

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