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The Politics of Pragmatism (MP3 download)

Under Bill Clinton, neo-liberal pragmatism now reigns in Washington. These two lectures discuss its meaning (and its conservative counterpart), and include an analysis of the views of Labor Secretary Robert Reich—a major economic advisor to Clinton.

The Psycho-Epistemology of the Arab World (MP3 download)

Have you ever wondered why the Arab world is characterized by poverty, internal conflict and hatred for the West? In this talk, Dr. Locke looks at the philosophical orientation of that culture—i.e., at the basic beliefs accepted by the typical Arab mind.

The Sacred Self (MP3 download)

Contrary to conservatives, Ayn Rand supported the right to abortion; contrary to liberals, she opposed environmentalism; and contrary to libertarians (and others), and she upheld a firm, assertive foreign policy. What unites these seemingly disparate positions? And what explains the moral fire with which she expressed her views on these issues? This talk argues that...See More

The Scientific Revolution (MP3 download)

The scientific revolution of the seventeenth century was a turning point in the history of human thought. The efficacy of the inductive method, based on experiment and mathematics, was dramatically demonstrated in the work of a few great men. In this course, Mr. Harriman focuses primarily on Kepler and Newton. Their discovery processes are examined, and the...See More

The Self-made Child: Maria Montessori’s Philosophy of Education (MP3 download)

As “man is a being of self-made wealth,” wrote Ayn Rand, “so he is a being of self-made soul.” If this is true, if knowledge, virtue and character are primarily acquired through voluntary action over time, what does this imply for how children ought to be educated? This talk examines Maria Montessori’s views on the matter and explores the ways her pedagogy...See More

The Threats to Freedom: A Philosophic Dissection (MP3 download)

In this course Mr. Schwartz focuses on the mounting threats to freedom posed by anti-reason movements—some that are distinctively conservative, others that are distinctively liberal.

The Value of Purpose (MP3 download)

This lecture probes the meaning, value, and requirements of purpose. It explores the material and spiritual dimensions of purpose's value, purpose's relationship to reason and self-esteem; purpose's role in overcoming the "duty" conception of ethics; the relationship between purposefulness on small issues and pursuing a central purpose; and rationalism as an...See More

Thinking Objectively Course (MP3 download)

Includes Thinking Objectively and Being and How to Be an Objective Consumer of Science as well as additional bonus material.

To Imagine a Heaven — and How “Sense of Life” Can Help You To Claim It (MP3 download)

This course enlivens our grasp of Ayn Rand’s rich concept of a sense of life. After examining what a sense of life is, Dr. Smith shows its crucial role for understanding—and for living—the Objectivist ethics, and correspondingly, for realizing the “heaven” that we all, like Kira, dream of.

Traits of Business Heroes (MP3 download)

America's business heroes perform prodigious feats of production, discovering what no one before them had. What separates these innovators from the mediocrities?

Unborrowed Vision: The Virtue of Independence (MP3 download)

This lecture examines a virtue that is essential to leading a rationally self-interested life: independence. It first probes the virtue’s exact meaning, with an emphasis on understanding independence as “a primary orientation to reality” (Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff) rather than to other men. The lecture further explains the value of...See More

Understanding the Subconscious (MP3 download)

Real-world success relies on making objective judgments, judgments which reflect the full context of your knowledge and values. To make conscious, considered judgments, you need to understand how your subconscious works and how to activate information from it. In this talk, you will learn the essential process for activating and validating information stored in your...See More

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