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A Companion to Ayn Rand (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

The first volume to offer a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Rand’s entire corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her analysis of the events of her times), this Companion provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with a controversial and understudied thinker whose enduring influence on American (and...See More
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A Study of Galt's Speech (MP3 download)

"This is John Galt speaking" Thus begins Ayn Rand's explanation of her revolutionary philosophy, Objectivism - perfectly integrated into the plot of her greatest novel. This lecture course studies Galt's speech and integrates it with the rest of the story.

Anthem Cliffs Notes (Booklet)

Cliffs Notes for "Anthem" presents an in-depth analysis of the novel's plot. (Booklet; 87 pages)
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Applying the Strikers’ Principles to Life in America Today (MP3 download)

What specific principles lead the heroes of "Atlas Shrugged" to go on strike? And what does it look like for an individual or a movement to implement these principles today in a world that resembles that of the novel in some ways but not in others? What decisions do we face that are analogous to those faced by the protagonists, and what can we learn from the novel...See More

Atlas Shrugged and America (MP3 download)

America, Ayn Rand once declared, “is culturally bankrupt”—it “is a country without voice or defense—a country sold out and abandoned by her intellectual bodyguards.” Thompson’s talk will show how Atlas Shrugged provides a philosophically mute America with a philosophical voice, the purpose of which was to launch a moral revolution. The novel’s characters and themes...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 Cliffs Notes (Booklet)

Finally, a study guide to "Atlas Shrugged" and it is of value to both beginners and advanced students. (Booklet; 133 pages)
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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 Song of Russia: Communism and Anti-Communism in 1940s Hollywood (Softcover)

In October 1947, more than twenty years after leaving Russia, Ayn Rand testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was investigating communist infiltration of the motion picture industry. The focus of that testimony was "Song of Russia", a 1944 pro-Soviet film that Rand decried for its unrealistic, absurdly flattering portrait of life...See More
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Ayn Rand on Humor (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand's remarks on humor constitute a fascinating and original perspective. In this course, Dr. Mayhew presents her conception of humor and shows its connection to basic issues in Objectivism.

Ayn Rand, Private Investigator: Detection in Fiction and Philosophy (MP3 download)

Ayn Rand’s writings—her essays, plays and fiction—have a common thread: using one’s mind to follow a trail from clues to conclusions. Topics include: philosophical detection; rationality as a route to justice; Aristotle’s Poetics as a model for detective fiction; “backward construction” in Ayn Rand’s plays (how the climax is both the beginning and the end); and...See More

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (CD)

by Jeff Britting. This CD showcases twenty-nine vocal and instrumental selections from the beautifully rendered original movie soundtrack. (Audio CD; 70 min.)
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