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OBJECTIVISM: THE PHILOSOPHY OF AYN RAND

These seminars intensively examine the material in Dr. Peikoff’s book of the same title. He explains the reason for the precise wording of key formulations, defines striking integrations among the philosophy’s complex elements and, above all, presents a detailed analysis of Objectivism’s logical structure.

PART I

1-2. Reality
The basic axioms of Objectivism and their validation. Integration of mind and body.

3. Sense Perception
The function and validity of the senses. Consciousness as possessing identity. The integration of sensations into percepts.

4. Volition
The primary choice as the choice to focus. “Focus,” “drift,” “evasion.” Human actions as both caused and free. Volition as axiomatic.

5-6. Concept-Formation
“Unit” as the key to the conceptual level of consciousness. Abstraction as measurement-omission; concept-formation as a mathematical process. The “crow-epistemology.”

PART II

7-8. Objectivity
Concepts and definitions as objective. The full definition of “objectivity.” The need of integrating concepts and of reducing them to the perceptual level. Rand’s Razor.

9. Reason
The definition of “reason.” Reason and emotion. The arbitrary. The fallacy of agnosticism. Certainty without omniscience.

10. Man
The essence of life; organisms as goal-directed and conditional. Reason as man’s basic means of survival.

11. The Good
“Life” as the root of “value.” The standard and the purpose of morality. Integration vs. evasion. Values as objective.

12. Virtue
The virtues as crucial expressions of rationality. What each is in regard to thought and action. Initiation of force as evil.

13. Happiness
Happiness as the good man’s experience of life. The unity of the moral and the practical. Self-esteem. The benevolent universe. Sex.

14. Government
The validation of individual rights. Government’s proper function. The irrationality of statism (including anarchism).

15. Capitalism
Capitalism as the only moral social system. Capitalism as the politics of objectivity. The role of epistemology in defending (or in attacking) capitalism.

ORDER INFORMATION

All of Leonard Peikoff’s lectures may be ordered from the Ayn Rand Bookstore via their website, or by calling them at 1-800-729-6149 (U.S. or Canada), or 1-949-222-6557 (International)

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