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<blockquote>A principle is "a fundamental, primary, or general truth, on which other truths depend." Thus a principle is an abstraction which subsumes a great number of concretes.  It is only by a means of principles that one can set one's long-range goals and evaluate the concrete alternatives of any given moment.  It is only principles that enable a man to plan his future and achieve it.</blockquote>["The Anatomy of Compromise", CUI, p144]
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Some principles of Objectivism:
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*[[Existence|Existence exists.]]
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*[[Identity|The law of identity.]]
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*[[Consciousness|Consciousness is conscious.]]
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*[[Causality|The law of causality.]]
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*[[Primacy of Existence|"Primacy of existence."]]
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*[[Primacy of Consciousness|"Primacy of consciousness."]]
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*[[Fact|Facts]] are not "malleable."
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*No alternative to a [[fact]] of reality is possible or imaginable.
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*Consciousness has identity.
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*[[Volition|Volition.]]
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*The faculty of reason is the faculty of volition.
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*The unit must be appropriate to the attribute being measured.
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*[[Measurement omission|Measurement-omission.]]
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*The definitional principle is: wherever possible, an essential characteristic must be a fundamental.
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*[[Crow-epistemology|Crow-epistemology.]]
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*[[Unit-economy]].
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*Thinking, to be valid, must adhere to reality.
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*"Existence is Identity; Consciousness is Identification."
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*The law of contradiction.
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*Human [[knowledge]] on every level is relational.
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*[[Knowledge]] follows a necessary order.
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*[[Rand's Razor|Rand's Razor.]]
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*The [[arbitrary]] cannot be cognitively processed.
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*[[Mind-Body Dichotomy|Mind-body integration.]]
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*Life as the standard of value.
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In [[ethics]], principles for behavior are known as [[virtues]].
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[[Category:Ethics]]

Latest revision as of 01:33, 9 January 2012

A principle is "a fundamental, primary, or general truth, on which other truths depend." Thus a principle is an abstraction which subsumes a great number of concretes. It is only by a means of principles that one can set one's long-range goals and evaluate the concrete alternatives of any given moment. It is only principles that enable a man to plan his future and achieve it.
["The Anatomy of Compromise", CUI, p144]

Some principles of Objectivism:

  • Facts are not "malleable."
  • No alternative to a fact of reality is possible or imaginable.
  • Consciousness has identity.
  • The faculty of reason is the faculty of volition.
  • The unit must be appropriate to the attribute being measured.
  • The definitional principle is: wherever possible, an essential characteristic must be a fundamental.
  • Thinking, to be valid, must adhere to reality.
  • "Existence is Identity; Consciousness is Identification."
  • The law of contradiction.
  • Human knowledge on every level is relational.
  • The arbitrary cannot be cognitively processed.
  • Life as the standard of value.


In ethics, principles for behavior are known as virtues.