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By Ricky Gervais Getty
Objectivism is a philosophy created by Russian-American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905–1982). Objectivism's central tenets are that reality exists independent of consciousness , that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic , that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness (or rational self-interest ), that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism , and that the role of art in human life is to transform humans' metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally. [ citation needed ]
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