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The Inductive Method: An Epistemological Revolution (MP3 download)

By David Harriman


Philosophy is the prime mover of human history; it is the science dealing with the fundamental ideas that shape our lives and our culture. But what is the prime mover within philosophy? Ayn Rand provided the answer: "Philosophy is primarily epistemology—the science of the means, the rules, and the methods of human knowledge." 

Since Ayn Rand presented her theory of concepts, the outstanding problem in epistemology has been to identify the method of reaching inductive generalizations. This lecture discusses a new theory of induction, a theory developed by Leonard Peikoff and presented in Mr. Harriman's book titled The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics. Mr. Harriman argues that an understanding of the inductive method can rescue the field of theoretical physics, now lost in a world of floating abstractions. Also, he describes how a proper inductive approach can revolutionize the field of science education.

If we want a better world for ourselves and our children, we must bring about an epistemological revolution—and Leonard Peikoff's theory of induction makes this possible.

This lecture was recorded at the 2010 Objectivist Summer Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

(MP3 download; 88 min., with Q & A, 63.36 MB)