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Postmodernism

  1. Waterfall is a guided, in-depth program for everyone interested in studying systematically issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.
  2. Four-to-six mini-courses per year are scheduled on perennial and contemporary themes—Money, Socialism, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Slavery and Reparations, Objectivity, Envy, Capitalism, Individual Rights, Egoism versus Altruism, and more.
  3. Each course includes content ranging from memes, videos, podcasts, texts by Ayn Rand, curated intellectual and scholarly texts by Objectivist and other thinkers from a variety of perspectives.  
  4. Executive Summaries written by Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Researcher Andrei Volkov, and others are provided for the longer items to give busy people an essentialized overview and/or to highlight the key themes for those who will pursue the in-depth reading.
  5. This course: Slavery. Examine the essential history of slavery and the powerful ideas behind the great moral and political campaigns against slavery. Discover key texts and movie recommendations.
  6. Authors included in the course are: Frederick Douglass, William Wilberforce, Ayn Rand, Stephen Hicks, Jeffrey Hummel, Jennifer Grossmann, Robert Nozick, and others.
  7. A meme series—some advocating the Objectivist view, some complementary to it, and some hostile to it—is also available with serious, humorous, and adversarial content.
  8. Links to additional recommended items are provided for those wanting further study.
  9. Anyone can pursue the Waterfall courses in self-guided fashion or by joining an informal online seminar with others interested in Objectivism. The seminar is led by Vickie Oddino, Ph.D. To participate in the seminar, enroll today as an Atlas Intellectual.

Andrew Colgan, Pocket Guide to Postmodernism
Week 1
Andrew Colgan, Pocket Guide to Postmodernism
Week 1
Stephen Hicks, Lecture on Postmodernism (1998)
Week 1
Stephen Hicks, Lecture on Postmodernism (1998)
Week 1
Michel Foucault—Cynical Libertarian or Postmodernist?
Week 2
Michel Foucault—Cynical Libertarian or Postmodernist?
Week 2
Richard Rorty’s “Solidarity or Objectivity?” and “The Contingency of Language”
Week 3
Richard Rorty’s “Solidarity or Objectivity?” and “The Contingency of Language”
Week 3
Jacques Derrida—Is Everything Just Words?
Week 4
Jacques Derrida—Is Everything Just Words?
Week 4
Martin Heidegger, "What Is Metaphysics?"
Week 5
Martin Heidegger, "What Is Metaphysics?"
Week 5
Four Recommended Readings on Applied Postmodernism
Week 6
Four Recommended Readings on Applied Postmodernism
Week 6
We promote open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.