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Aristotle's Metaphysics (MP3 download)

Aristotle's metaphysics—his view of the fundamental nature of reality—was a brilliant and (for the most part) this-worldly attempt at avoiding two incorrect positions: Greek materialism, according to which every aspect of reality is reducible to matter; and Platonism, which held that what is real is a supernatural, non-material world of forms.

Aristotle's Poetics: An Introduction for Objectivists (MP3 download)

Aristotle’s Poetics is one of the seminal works in the history of esthetics, and remarkably close to Ayn Rand’s literary esthetics in essentials. This course is an introduction to the Poetics, with an eye on its similarities to and differences from the Objectivist esthetics.

Aristotle's Rhetoric: Putting Reason Into Communication (MP3 download)

Aristotle's "Rhetoric" is a seminal treatise in the history of logic. Prior to Aristotle persuasive communication - rhetoric - was generally understood as appeals to emotion, in which seeming to be right and winning the argument were more important than the truth.

Aristotle's Theory of Knowledge (MP3 download)

Aristotle's theory of knowledge is a high point in the history of human thought, but the treatises in which it is expressed are extremely obscure. This course offers a way into this difficult material. It introduces Aristotle's most important insights, while directing the student to the relevant texts and providing a context that will enable him to explore them...See More

Atlas Shrugged as a Work of Philosophy (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand stated the theme of "Atlas Shrugged" as: "the role of the mind in man's existence - and, as corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest." This course discusses the manner in which the novel demonstrates a new moral philosophy. It follows the protagonists as they induce the philosophy from the events of the...See More

Atlas Shrugged on the Role of the Mind in Man's Existence (MP3 download)

The theme of "Atlas Shrugged" is "The role of the mind in man's existence." In this talk, Dr. Salmieri discusses two essential aspects of this role as they are dramatized in the novel. First, the mind is the faculty that makes possible the production of the material values we need to survive. Second, it is the faculty by which we conceive and pursue the values that...See More

Ayn Rand and the History of Ethics (MP3 download)

Can reason prescribe the ends human beings should seek in life, as well as the means to those ends? This has been a central question in the history of ethics, and it is also a central question in Ayn Rand's Objectivist ethics. This lecture explores Ayn Rand's view on this question, bringing out its distinctive and important features and contrasting it with some of...See More

Ayn Rand and the New Atheists (MP3 download)

Onkar Ghate and Robert Mayhew host a panel discussion on Ayn Rand and the New Atheists. This is from the Objectivist Summer Conference of 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Ayn Rand vs. Karl Marx (MP3 download)

What are the objective needs of human life? In this lecture, given at Harvard University, Professor Ridpath contrasts the view of Karl Marx and Ayn Rand. (Audio; 98 min., with Q & A)

Ayn Rand's Conception of Valuing (MP3 download)

This course sheds light on aspects of the Objectivist ethics, by considering Ayn Rand's idea that valuing is an activity that one must know how to perform. The course traces the development of this idea from "We The Living" and Rand's earlier notes through "Atlas Shrugged" and her non-fiction. Topics addressed include the objectivity of values and the nature of the...See More

Ayn Rand's Novels and the Metaphysics of Values (MP3 download)

In Ayn Rand's words, "what is important is not the message a writer projects explicitly, but the values and view of life he projects implicitly." Mr. Boeckmann discusses some of the values implicit in Ayn Rand's fiction, especially those relating to romance and productive work. These and other personal values of hers suffuse her novels. A fact which in itself...See More

Ayn Rand's Philosophic Achievement (MP3 download)

For the centenary of Ayn Rand's birth, these two lectures take stock of and summarize her immense achievement and philosophic legacy: the philosophy of Objectivism. Dr. Binswanger singles out for discussion six pivotal breakthroughs that form the core of Objectivism. Then he identifies the overarching conception that integrates these breakthroughs. The lectures...See More

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