The Virtue of Selfishness Test 04

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The Virtue of Selfishness Test 04

1) Anarchy, as a political concept, is a floating abstraction. [p.131]

2) Objectivism advocates the principle of voluntary government financing. [p.135-140]

3) Identify the proper definition of self-esteem: [p.142]

4) Capitalism offers men a “Garden of Eden.” [p.144]

5) Racism is a form of determinism. [p.147]

6) There is only one antidote to racism: [p.150]

7) Because the doctrines of communism are evil, we should not protect a communist’s freedom of speech. [p.156]

8) Individualism, according to Objectivism is doing whatever one wishes, regardless of the rights of others. [p.158]

9) Individualism consists merely of rejecting the belief that man should live for the collective. [p.159]

10) An individualist declares, “It’s true because I believe it.” [p.160]

11) Identify the following fallacy: The attempt to refute an argument by impeaching the character of its proponent. [p.162]

12) The following is an example of which fallacy: “Only the immoral can fail to see that Candidate X’s argument is false.” [p.162]

13) Is the following an example of the argument from intimidation fallacy: “Only those who are evil (dishonest, heartless, insensitive, ignorant, etc.) can hold such an idea.” [p.163]

14) A social metaphysician is one who regards the consciousness of other men as superior to his own and to the facts of reality. [p.165]

15) All smears are Arguments from Intimidation. [p.166)

16) There is only one weapon against the Argument from Intimidation: [p.166]

17) The Argument from Intimidation consists of introducing moral judgement into intellectual issues. [p.167]

18) Moral judgement must always follow, not precede (or supersede), the reasons on which it is based. [p.167]

19) To condemn without giving reasons is an act of irresponsibility. [p.167]

20) Moral evaluations are implicit in all intellectual issues. [p.167]

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