Reason as the Leading Motive

My Philosophy Professor

Posted by Jerry on January 5, 2006

I am very delighted to have discovered that my philosophy professor back in college, Dr. John Ahrens is philosophically with the school of Austrian economics, in the tradition of Mises – which was vigorously promoted by Ayn Rand in her non-fictional works, and also that Dr. Ahrens holds many similar Randian concepts in ethics like self-interest and individualism (read this article as an example).

A quick google search reveals that Dr. Ahrens has written and published in arenas that put him in the philosophical company of other Randian/Objectivist/libertarian thinkers like Henry Hazlitt, John Hospers, Tibor Machan, and others.

I had taken only one course with Dr. Ahrens – “Philosophy of Law”. But he and I associated frequently outside of the classroom like at the “Atheists and Agnostics” club that I was instrumental in founding at my college, and during our lunch time discussions of ideas and exchange of campus gossip.

The last I heard, the “Atheists and Agnostics” club changed their name because it was too controversial on a Presbyterian Christian campus in the middle of Nowhere, Indiana. I think they called it “The Free-thinkers Society” or something like that… and it is probably defunct now; but I don’t know for sure.


3 Responses to “My Philosophy Professor”

  1. Semperviva said

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  2. Semperviva said

    the school of Austrian economics,

    was also expounded on and promoted by John Paul II in “The Acting Person”

    I love economics

  3. Ergo Sum said

    Well, that’s a contradiction. I wonder if the pope knew exactly what he was endorsing in Austrian economics.

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