From 1962-1966, Ayn Rand conducted a series of radio interviews at Columbia University’s student run radio station, WKCR. The series, entitled “Ayn Rand on Campus,” featured Rand and her associates lecturing and answering questions on a wide array of subjects.
In this recorded interview, Rand responds to questions about her philosophy of Objectivism.
Subjects addressed include:
The equal application of philosophy to men of differing abilities
The role of philosophy in Rand’s novels
The purpose of morality
How a society’s dominant philosophy influences social structure
The process of gradual philosophical change
The dominant philosophies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
The inability of nineteenth-century thinkers such as Mill, Bentham and Spencer to defend capitalism
The influence on capitalism and socialism of Kant, Marx, Hegel, Fichte, Locke and Aristotle
Rand’s assessment of contemporary society
Sacrifice and altruism through the ages
The intellectual developments behind the founding of the United States
The need to discover what actions are in one’s self-interest, and the reasons why not all desired actions necessarily fall into that category
How interested individuals can help move a culture in a more rational direction.
(MP3 download; 28 min., 15.24 MB)
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