Peikoff Podcast: Hierarchy of Objectivists: Oh Premise Checkers… how does it feel to have Leonard Peikoff chuckle at your ridiculous Objectivist hierarchy? Happily, Dr. Peikoff’s answer is spot-on. That’s no surprise: every time he has been asked a podcast question in which he could support the Premise Checkers’ views, he has clearly declined to do so. I’ve been critical of a few of Dr. Peikoff’s views on occasion, but the man deserves a whole lot of praise too — not just for his particular achievements (which are considerable), but also for slapping down this kind of syncophantish dogmatism too. (For those who don’t know, the Premise Checkers are the ridiculous gaggle of so-called Objectivists who waged a campaign against me on Facebook and via their web site last winter for openly stating my few disagreements with Dr. Peikoff. More details are here. Update: To my great amusement, the relevant Chip Joyce’s essay, “Stages of Knowledge in Objectivism” has been quietly removed from the Checking Premises web site. Happy, the web archive version is still available.)
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