By Tara Smith
Why does Ayn Rand identify purpose as one of the three cardinal values? What is the route to realizing this value? Why do many people have trouble settling on a satisfying purpose in their lives? This lecture probes the meaning, value, and requirements of purpose. It explores the material and spiritual dimensions of purpose's value; purpose's relationship to reason and self-esteem; purpose's role in overcoming the "duty" conception of ethics; the relationship between purposefulness on small issues and pursuing a central purpose; and rationalism as an obstacle to embracing a central purpose. The aim is to better understand this pivotal value, which Dr. Smith describes as a passkey to joy.
(MP3 download; 91 min., with Q & A, 65.12 MB)