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In this presentation filmed in 2010, Edward Hudgins offers a detailed examination of the attempts by the new secularists and atheists to address the fundamental questions of ethics and morality from an evolutionary and based on insights into human evolution and neuroscience.He lays out how thinkers like Dawkins, Dennett, and Shermer have wrestled with these issues and analyzes where they’ve succeeded and where they’ve failed to establish a rational foundation for ethics.
May 20, 2013 -- In this webinar, Alexander R. Cohen argues that some of the most important values are spiritual: they relate primarily to the needs of a person’s mind and emotions. Among these are art and friendship. In this webinar, Cohen invites us to consider why a person focused on achieving his values in reality needs art, and why a person committed to self-interest has an interest in having friends.
(For an abbreviated version of this essay please see "Code of the Creator.") This essay was the ninth and final essay in The Literary Art of Ayn Rand. It first appeared as the companion of Stephen Cox’s talk at the 50th anniversary celebration of The Fountainhead, held in New York in 1993.5 Editor William R Thomas wrote, "This is a fitting conclusion for this volume because it brings us back to the ultimate source of Rand’s lasting cultural impact: her distinctive moral s
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.
May 13, 2013 -- Because of Objectivism's profound commitment to the individual, it has to approach political philosophy with radical questions: What makes living in a society valuable to an individual human being? And what foundational principles make for a society best suited to a good human life? In this webinar Alexander R. Cohen explores these questions and the principles with which Objectivism responds to them: the principles of individual rights. He discusses the related issues of the need for government and for objective law.
April 29, 2013 -- In order to survive, flourish, and be happy in the world, we need to know what kinds of things we are dealing with and what they might do, so that we can choose our actions accordingly. That means we need entities to have fixed natures and predictable behaviors. But do they? And even if they do, can we know them? This lecture will explore the fundamental nature of reality and of human knowledge.
The 10th annual Graduate Seminar will be held July 28–August 2 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Participants can expect to arrive on Sunday, the 28th and depart on Saturday morning, the 3rd.