In this five-lecture course from 1985, Dr. Leonard Peikoff presents a philosophy of education based on Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. The course addresses such topics as the purpose of education, proper teaching methods, and a proper curriculum.
In addition, Dr. Peikoff presents and evaluates several competing theories on the basic purpose of education. He draws from Ayn Rand’s philosophy to present a number of principles for effective teaching and also shares tips and techniques that he developed over the course of his many years of teaching. Finally, Dr. Peikoff discusses his views on why the current education system is failing, and what can be done about it.
This course is intended to be of value to those in the teaching profession, especially those in primary and secondary education, as well as to parents interested in ensuring that their children receive a proper education. But the lectures are designed to be accessible and enjoyable for a much wider audience.
This course assumes prior familiarity with several concepts from Ayn Rand’s philosophy, such as her views on the contextual nature of knowledge and the inter-connectivity of knowledge.
The course is followed by an extended open Q&A period on Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. In total, the audio is 8 hours and 27 minutes long.
Dr. Leonard Peikoff is an American philosopher who had a close, 30-year friendship and professional association with Ayn Rand. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, is the author of three books, and has lectured on Objectivism for decades. He is considered the world’s foremost authority on the philosophy of Ayn Rand.
Recorded in 1985.
(MP3 download; 8 hrs. 28 min., with Q & A, 364.72 MB)
This content is also available as a free course on campus.aynrand.org: link.
The description of this product has not necessarily been reviewed or approved by Leonard Peikoff.