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Libertarian Philosophy: Spread Use of Philosophy

Posted on January 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Family, the first vocation...and first vocation of a Libertarian Philosopher--MG.

By MG

I've revised this old dialogue sheet for all concerned. Enjoy!

Takeaway: Start lovingly in logic at age 4 and all else follows. That's what LIO Libertarians do. Discuss.

  • A short way of thinking about Libertarian Philosophy is that it's about the spread and aware use of Philosophy. Long term, we continue the Enlightenment process begun by Peter Lemos. The curator works on spreading these to all nations--please see if this is something you can pass on to local educators:
  1. Study of logic, scientific method and comparative philosophies K-12, and Libertarian pledge.
  2. In college, US core curriculum showing philosophy application, initiated by LIO principals in the 1800's
  3. New Intellectual super-BA's ( 210 credits) with entrepreneurial, hard philosophy, diverse majors/minors.
  • I suggest for most students be sure to have at least one vocational major and add on to the 180 credits most programs will pay for 45-60 CLEP type exam credits at the end (so as not to mess up your grants).
  • This involves spreading educated lay conversancy in the concept of an objective starting point as evidenced by the the Brandens' seminars 'Principles of Efficient Thinking' and 'Principles of Objectivism.' (BTW, Ayn Rand concurred with me on this for those approaching philosophy more formally).
  • In 2, this includes an Applied Ethics course for all examining various approaches around a critical thinking model ( see LIO Fellow's Keith Goree's 'Ethics Applied' and the critical thought model in it).

Also...

  • Libertarianism is always understood in this context as the sub-discipline of the Liberal Arts of interest to L/libertarians, including themes of rights, ideal Libertarian community, mutually supportive ecologies, etc. Always remember that in civics Libertarianism=Philosopher-farmer communes, historically. A world with many hyper-tolerant college eco-campuses on a co-op model centered on reason is a useful image.
  • In 1969 I specifically defined these ( Libertarianism and Libertarian Philosophy) for modern use and have built the current world community on that basis, intending to include as exemplary (i.e. recommended but non-mandatory) my own theoretical (some published) and applied/organizational (look around you) work. In so doing I wished to place on a clear basis what we’ve been doing since the Lemos councils and early Libertarian communes.
  • The Liberal philosophy is understood as defined by the UN Declaration and underlying sentiments, polite debate, scientific method: Libertarian Philosophy is an approach and conscious start point in LIO dialogue, which I summarize A-J as follows.

Key dialogue and lifelong study themes:

A-Aristostelian/Axiomatic and Objectivist, also SMILE focus.

B-Best & Comparative Practices/6 sigma.

C-Communities of Libertarian form (as bulwarks of philosophic/free living).

D-Development in Logic, Meditation, Conflict Resolution, and Ethics Applied K-14.

E-Entrepreneurship/Open Management Training;Self-Empowerment Ethics.

F-Formal New Intellectual Super-BA*

G-Great Books Studies/Life-Long Learning, all cultures and fields

H-Holism and Systems/Ecologies Approaches.

I-Interdisciplinary Focus.

J-Joint Analysis: Axiomatics, Axiology, Aesthetics.

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* I did the first 'New Intellectual' BA as Rand's private student. If you get nothing else from Rand, check out her take on Dilthey/Sorokin in 'For the New Intellectual'  and see where this might apply for you. She felt this was the ball game in re-anchoring civilization. Her proposal is you're not educated until comfortable in the major sciences, philosophy, and entrepreneurship/business as the forgotten Liberal Art. FYI--My BA majors-concentrations (30 credit minimum): Business Studies, Economics & Mathematics, Educational Studies, Philosophy & Civilization, Psychology.

USE:

Just select and and print out A-J and write, under each some goals or  research areas, every few years.

STATUS:

If you want to be helpful here, remember one of our slogans: We don't sit back and hope for a happy ending.

  • Everyone benefits from a little philosophy at least, and as De Toqueville says US Democracy is  ( and I say must be, and so similar libertarian-friendly democracies) the most philosophical of cultures. As of 2011, this project is the main force in the spread of world philosophy. After considerable work the trend away from core curricula is reversed, people are taking longer BA's, critical thinking courses both infused and direct are in K-12, and the spread of Applied Ethics we've spearheaded is creating Ethics Bowls and more around the US. From being ridiculed we're seeing entrepreneurship minors spreading everywhere.

 

  • Perhaps (update 2014) the best we've done is convincing the GRE's to stop mixing up religious and philosophy majors. The result is improved understanding of what who're serious philosophy students and what they can do: They're at the top of verbal and logic, and in the GRE math section with the engineers ( I suggest all formal students strive to be familiar with calculus, linear algebra, real analysis, and very good at algebra games). In addition, by removing legal blocks to voluntary educational approaches (e.g. e-courses) we're accelerating the move towards saturation college education ( i.e. college for the top 30% of the population namely 110+IQ).

...Student of philosophy?

  • For those interested in focusing on formal development of philosophy, I recommend a super-BA + union membership + competence in agriculture/real estate + martial arts + psychology/counseling or education for practitioners (actual philosophers). That is, they should perfect their leadership in the basics of civilization and prosperous society--how to facilitate and guide a sustainable community/co-operative/extended family and make sure things happen. Family is our first vocation, and certainly of Libertarian Philosophers. Philosophers should only seek a Philosophy PhD is they wish to be scholars--Philosophy scholars/teachers are not necessarily the same as philosophers.

 

  • Most philosophy students, of course, already have added majors and are sucked up by medical, law, and advanced science schools--or if easily bored, drop out and become inventors and millionaires.

 

  • Finally, for a philosophy minor here is what I recommend to every student, college or no at the same time they get familiar with a practical craft (food, home building...) and also a technology:
  1. Rhetoric/Public Presentation
  2. Intro Philosophy (think of these variant philosophies as learning biases/toolkits)
  3. Applied Ethics
  4. Logic I ( and workshops on emotional sensitivity and meditation)
  5. Philosophical Analysis (Typically a course raising awareness of philosophy acting via culture)
  6. A capstone project/thesis evidencing use of philosophy in your favored subject

This is what we've come to call in among Libertarians 'Hard Philosophy' as opposed to defective or merely speculative work courses. Again, I urge getting oriented with the Brandens and starting daily meditation (i.e. habit of disciplined self-aware mental focus exercises). These should if in college be connected to the core curriculum respectively:

  1. Composition and Foreign Languages; Fitness/Platoon/Martial Arts are good.
  2. Entrepreneurship/NPO minor/Life-College Success or Goal Analysis seminar
  3. US Democracy/RRNR + 3 sciences with lab courses; Managerial Accounting Workshop
  4. Programming, Financial portfolios/Lib Math II, Applied Calculus and Statistics
  5. 3 Courses Humanities and Art, workshop in Economics/Banking/Project Management
  6. Read some foundational books in your subject. Aristotle beckons.

Uh, yes, that's a combined AA/AS where you figure out how to not just do a great job but be a job creator with some sense of how to get something done economically. And if anyone asks you what job philosophers (or the philosophically trained do, you answer "Be your boss (or servant leader/facilitator)."

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