from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Philosophy One of several doctrines holding that all reality is objective and external to the mind and that knowledge is reliably based on observed objects and events.
  • n. An emphasis on objects rather than feelings or thoughts in literature or art.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being objective.
  • n. Moral objectivism.
  • n. One of several doctrines that holds that all of reality is objective and exists outside of the mind.
  • n. The specific objectivist philosophy created by novelist Ayn Rand, endorsing productive achievement and logical reasoning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In philosophy, the tendency to magnify the importance of the objective elements of cognition; especially, the doctrine that knowledge of the non-ego takes precedence in time, in logical sequence, and in order of importance of all knowledge of the ego.
  • n. The character, in a work of art or in its author, of being objective, in the sense of dramatic, presenting things as they are and persons as they seem to themselves and to one another.


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  • Her theory of objectivism is correct as far as I’m concerned.

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  • "Luckily for me he doesn't agree with the game, he still seems to believe in objectivism."

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  • The canonization of Rand and the greedy and callous selfishness called objectivism and the absorption of the absurd crock of horseshit came to become dogma in America where monopoly and the destruction of economies are the end result of this sort of sociopathic behavior.

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  • But a Rand expert says the blog post displays a misreading of the author's philosophy, known as objectivism.

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  • In the Randian ethos, called objectivism, the only real morality is self-interest, and society is divided into groups who are efficiently self-interested (ie, the rich) and the

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  • BioShock 1, where we didn't have Andrew Ryan and the notion of objectivism -- we leave ourselves very open for evolution.


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  • After finishing The Fountainhead, Rand spent 14 years building a movement around what she called "objectivism" and composing the massive novel that would become Atlas Shrugged  (1957).

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