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Dagny Confronts James


Dagny Confronts James

By David Kelley

In this scene early in Atlas Shrugged Part 1, Dagny Taggart confronts her brother James about the need to upgrade a rail line. The scene iillustrates the difference between objectivity and second-hand thinking.

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David Kelley earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, and later taught cognitive science and philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. His books include  Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. Kelley is founder and chief intellectual officer of The Atlas Society.