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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

David Kelley Ph.D

2 Mins
April 13, 2011

This audio program addresses Rand's conception of happiness as an end in itself, including differences in her formulations of that end; and the moral right of the individual to live for himself, against the altruistic creed of self-denial and self-sacrifice.

Covers the following:

  1. The principle: Moral individualism
  2. Plot implementation: Rearden's victimization and the producer's strike
  3. Characterization: Francisco D'Anconia vs. Lillian Rearden
  4. Clearest statement of the theme: The story of Starnesville
  5. Buried riches: A surprisingly complex moral goal

DOWNLOAD:  Accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Note: This audio program is the second in a 6-part series, "Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Novel," presented at The Atlas Society's 2006 Summer Seminar. The other programs in the series are:

Part 1: Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Thriller
Part 2: Producers vs. Looters and Parasites
Part 3: Reason vs. Anti-Reason
Part 5: The Unity of Mind and Body
Part 6: Trade vs. Power

David Kelley


David Kelley

David Kelley is the founder of The Atlas Society. A professional philosopher, teacher, and best-selling author, he has been a leading proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years.