About

Ilya StartsevI am…

a graduate student writing who completed and defended an M.A. thesis on the Objectivist rhetoric and now working passing on Russian political rhetoric in order to study, in German, Ayn Rand’s archenemy: Immanuel Kant. I have read many Objectivist and non-Objectivist works, of course including Atlas Shrugged and Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology (two of my favorites). I was born in 1986 and am a very creative, idea-oriented individual, but my ideas are usually concrete. I am a dual-citizen of the Russian Federation and the United States, and being experienced with Russian and English and with literature and cultures related to these two languages helps me be an open- and active-minded individual and also understand the topics covered in my blog from an insider’s and outsider’s perspectives. Although you may consider me a neo-Objectivist transmaterialist, I specify my philosophy as epistemological physicalism.

Why this blog?

My unique approach is that I want to expand the Objectivist philosophy and use it as a launching pad to a complete re-understanding of philosophy and life in general. I want my blog to be a hub where all Objectivists, non/neo-Objectivists, and anti-Objectivists can meet and perhaps understand each other.

Evolution of neo-Objectivism

We the Living, Anthem, The FountainheadThe Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult, The Benefits and Hazards of the Philosophy of Ayn RandThe Answers to your questions about life, Atlas Shrugged, The Virtue of Selfishness, The Romantic Manifesto, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, Objective Communication, Understanding Objectivism, The DIM Hypothesis, Perception, Atlas Upgrades: Objectivism 2.0, Goddess of the Market, The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand, Objectivism and the Corruption of Rationality, With Charity Toward NoneIntroduction to Logic, Philosophy: Who Needs It, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, and The Ominous Parallels.

Evolution of transmaterialism

Tao Te Ching, Science of the Heart, The Appreciative Heart, The Urantia Book, A Short History of Western Legal Theory, Rhetoric and Incommensurability, Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue, The Book of Mormon, Modern Bioelectricity, Immanuel Kant, Phenomenology of Spirit, Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things, Preachers Who Are Not Believers, Gospel of Judas, Vatican Assassins, Ancient Book of Enoch, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, and Emotion and Psyche.

General literary commentary

The Casual Vacancy, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Goldfinch, Shantaram, and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

Reseach of complete works

Vladimir Lenin (in Russian) and Immanuel Kant (parts in English, Russian, and German; incomplete).

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