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Contextual Knowledge (MP3 download)

Can one hold a true idea for false reasons? Mr. Schwartz discusses the ramifications of the principle that knowledge is contextual.

Defending Free Speech

Freedom of speech is indispensable to a free and civilized society, yet this precious right is increasingly under attack today. • Islamic totalitarians repeatedly threaten and kill those deemed blasphemers, while our political leaders stand idly by, and many intellectuals blame the victims. • College students seek “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” from...See More
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Defining Basic Moral Concepts (MP3 download)

While we should always be clear on the meaning of the concepts we’re using, this commitment to clarity is especially important with respect to concepts that the culture seeks to muddy. Today, the primary muddiers are the advocates of altruism, and their targets are concepts of morality. This talk examines the obfuscations, including the “package-dealing,” generated...See More

Descartes' Meditations (MP3 download)

In this course, Dr. Mayhew conducts a close, critical analysis of Descartes's most important work: Meditations on First Philosophy.

Egoism and Altruism (MP3 download)

This course explores the concepts of “selfishness,” “altruism” and “egoism,” as they are variously understood by Ayn Rand, by other philosophers and by the man on the street. Topics include: why Rand insisted on redeeming the term “selfishness,” the nature of altruism, and how Rand’s egoism relates to that of other (real or alleged) egoists in the history of...See More

Emotions (MP3 download)

In these two impressive lectures, Dr. Binswanger presents and “chews” the Objectivist answers to the two basic questions: what are emotions and how should one treat them?

Environmentalism: Sacrificing Mankind to Nature (MP3 download)

Environmentalism, Mr. Schwartz argues, is a synthesis of religion and socialism.

Epistemology and Justice in the Age of Social Media (MP3 download)

Information and a means of spreading ideas. But, for this same reason, it is rife with misinformation, insidious propaganda and unjust accusations. This lecture in applied Objectivist epistemology is about the questions we can ask ourselves before we post, share, comment, link or tweet, in order to make sure that what we are spreading is true and just.

Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality (Hardcover)

Is Income Inequality Destroying the American Dream? Every day we hear from our political leaders and the media that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. The rich are getting richer by rigging the system in their favor, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we’re...See More
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Free Minds and Free Markets (PDF download)

The value of political freedom stems from two related facts: the nature of physical force and the nature of man’s consciousness. The concept “force” has meaning only with respect to volitional beings. Since force negates thought, and since the good requires chosen values, force is always harmful to man. If man is to live, he must be free to think. Our culture...See More

Free Will (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand is the first philosopher to recognize that the free will is at the root of not only ethics but also epistemology. By identifying that “Man is a being of volitional consciousness,” that one’s choice to think or not is an act of free will, she revolutionized our understanding of the relationship of consciousness to existence.

Free Will and Values (MP3 download)

One of Objectivism’s most striking and distinctive tenets is the principle of mind-body integration. Rejecting both materialism and idealism, Ayn Rand showed that “man is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of two attributes: of matter and consciousness, and. . .he may permit no breach between body and mind.” But because man has free will, such a breach is...See More

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